Diverse Roles, A Common Dilemma

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


Employing in-depth interview data from women of the Mao and post-Mao cohorts in urban China, this chapter examines women’s increasingly diverse work–family roles since the market reform. It mainly observes three types of women: stay-at-home moms, women who combine work with their family, and employment-/career-oriented women. Regardless of their work–family role arrangements, women of all three types are found to be subject to work–family conflict in the post-Mao period; this is indicated by longer working hours, excessive work demands, the rising costs of housing, education, health care and childcare, and fewer affordable social services for families.


Family Conflict Rural Resident Welfare Benefit Market Reform Urban Woman 
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  • Jiping Zuo
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  1. 1.St. Cloud State UniversitySaint CloudUSA

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