By Ann Brooks

Do the recent Asian economies inspire gender equality? Ann Brooks presents a distinct perception into this question through assessing the influence of the recent financial system and the altering labour industry on ladies in Asia. Theoretical debates round globalization, gender and social switch are mixed with empirical learn on expert girls in cosmopolitan towns: Hong Kong and Singapore. The author's learn exhibits that even in such cosmopolitan towns the place girls are likely to have a powerful virtue there's a 'new dynamic of inequality'. This makes the exam of women's labour marketplace participation and ambition in those environments very diversified to prior examine. The examine is determined opposed to the backdrop of Southeast Asia extra quite often and foreign comparisons also are drawn. will probably be of curiosity to students in sociology, economics, gender reviews, company reviews and Asian reviews.

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Some interviewees preferred to keep to the outline of the questionnaire, but were prompted to develop their thinking and ideas more fully in the process of interview, others used the questionnaire as a reference point to develop their views, their background, their work identities, their career, their involvement in different areas of social, political, corporate and academic life. In a few cases, mainly in Singapore, interviewees were not able to find time to be interviewed and simply completed the questionnaire.

17). Transnationalism takes on a particular inflection in the context of the so-called Asian tiger economies, given the history of diasporan trading groups such as the ethnic Chinese, who play a major role in relation to transnational Asian capitalism. 7). These aspects of transnationalism have clear implications for the economies, work cultures and organizations of Hong Kong and Singapore. Diasporic Chinese within the region have played and are playing a key role in the emergence of a ‘new flexible’ capitalism in the region.

The women interviewed in Hong Kong highlighted the traditional international character of Hong Kong society, highlighting diversity and openness with contributors coming from China, the US, the Philippines, Britain, Australasia and Hong Kong itself. The women interviewed in Singapore were in the main Singaporeans, many educated overseas, and with diverse heritages including Chinese, Malay, Indian, but no Europeans, Americans or Australasians. After selection was made, I sent out letters requesting interviews and including a Participant Information Sheet, Questionnaire, and Participant’s Consent Form.

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