Women, Labor, and Social Transitions


in Global Inequalities at Work

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195150865
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865222 | DOI:
 Women, Labor, and Social Transitions

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This chapter first emphasizes the significance of gender as a category of analysis in the understanding of the nature of women's work, using research findings from various parts of the world. In the next section, it discusses how governmental policies and large-scale data collection methods have contributed to a narrow concept of women's work. Using examples from original case studies in Iran, the chapter continues with a presentation of Iranian women's position in the labor market and the varied nature of women's work in Iran, from paid employment to work in the household to family work. Women's own words are used to show the complex impact of their multiple roles on their health and well-being. The chapter concludes that women's work is complex and multidimensional and that narrow definitions of work do not allow a full understanding of the relationship between women's work and well-being.

Keywords: gender; women's work; Iran; women's well-being; women's health; labor market

Chapter.  11862 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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