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RN14S01

Wed 26. 8.  11:00 - 12:30
room FA 548

Out of The Country While in the Family: The Incomplete Liberation Under Patriarchy - Work-and-Family linkage of migrant women workers in a construction site

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Chen, Lin
National Taiwan University, China, People's Republic of

By a study of four cases based on the fieldwork in a construction site in Beijing, the article breaks through the traditional conception on the controversy between the Patriarchy and women’s liberation. Among previous studies on women leaving the rural villages and working in the cities, women’s following their husbands into big cities as workers is a neglected group. The study discovers that the action of migrant peasant women workers does not equal the resistance opposite the Patriarchy, neither does it be classified as a regression of the Patriarchy. From the perspective of gender and domestic division of labor, the article proposes that these women respond to their own roles in the family in a more positive and initiative way, which is catering for their responsibilities. Firstly,the research is intended to make this group voice out; secondly,it helps to understand women’s individualization in the new-form conjugal relationship resulting from employment. The research views the group in three theoretical perspectives: the production regime, dormitory system and the pure relationship between each couple. The study discovers that the action of migrant peasant women workers does not equal the resistance opposite the Patriarchy, neither does it be classified as a regression of the Patriarchy. From the perspective of gender and domestic division of labor, the article proposes that these women respond to their own roles in the family in a more positive and initiative way, which is catering for their responsibilities. Under the sub-contracting system, there was a hierarchy within workers in that construction site,including labor contractors(Bao Gong Tou),vice labor contractors, skilled and unskilled workers. Women workers at the age of 40s to 50s in this construction site were almost those who followed their husbands to the site to do some assistant jobs. Therefore these migrant women workers were engaged in different kinds of work. I describes four cases in my paper.And I focus on the individualization of current China.