Women In New Asia : Changing Social Roles
Cultural values become manifest in cultural norms and behaviors. Gender roles and the implications of these expectations on Asian women are particularly relevant. Traditional Asian gender roles prescribe for women to place the role of wife and mother above all others; men are expected to be the family breadwinner and spokesperson. Asian cultural values consequently encourage distinct spheres for men (e.g., work) and women (e.g., home) and a gendered household division of labor in which the burden of household duties such as housekeeping tasks and childcare rest heavily on women. Given the burden of household responsibilities and child care, Asian women face the demands of multiple roles, which often go beyond the general three roles working mothers generally take on (i.e., wife, mother, and worker) to include responsibilities such as: caretaker of aging parents, sister, aunt, cousin, etc. Asian women may also experience their multiple roles differently from women in individualistic cultures, given the super ordinate importance of the family over the individual.
M P Kumar is a scholar and thinker having knowledge of the subject and contemporary issues related to his field of interest did his MA and PhD in sociology having as opportunity to get Post-Doctoral Degree in the same discipline. He is at present teaching social work and had attended several seminars.
Preface v 1. Women and Change in Understanding Social Roles in New Asia 2. Patterns of Social Change in a Burmese Family 27 3. The Life of Ceylon Women 47 4. WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Roles in India: A Sociological Review 111 5. The Roles of Women in Indonesia 135 6. Yesterday and Today in Laos 149 7. Women in Malay Society 171 8. Changing Patterns of a Pakistan Family 191 9. Women in the Philippines 217 10. Chinese Women of Singapore: Their Present Status in the Family and in Marriage233 11. Thailand: Equality between the Sexes 253 12. A Woman of Vietnam in a Changing World 271 Bibliography 303 Index 307