Women’s Domestic-Role Orientation

  • Jiping Zuo
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


This chapter situates urban women’s domestic-role orientation since China’s market reform in their work environments which have been undergoing the processes of privatization or marketization. Data come from in-depth interviews with women of the Mao and post-Mao cohorts. It finds labor commodification, the undermining of egalitarian socialist redistributive justice, and fierce competition are the main causes of women’s alienation from their workplaces, which leads to their growing domestic-role orientation. In this sense, the author sees urban women’s greater devotion to their household responsibilities than to their market work as passive resistance to labor denigration.


Market Reform Gender Ideology Woman Worker Factory Leader Material Incentive 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiping Zuo
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  1. 1.St. Cloud State UniversitySaint CloudUSA

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