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Women and social change

Elisabetta Ruspini

in The gender dimension of social change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343321
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343321.003.0002
Women and social change

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The problematics of change have always occupied central position in sociological thought, and the modern social sciences have emerged in response to an era of rapid social change and the consequent need for greater understanding of social, economic and political processes. In the study of society, change is a feature of social reality that any social-scientific theory must sooner or later address. Change is a complex process involving many factors, all of which are interwoven and dependent upon each other. And one of these changes is the macro-social and economic changes which interact with the life courses of women, men and family, producing changes at the micro-level. This chapter offers a discussion of social change, and the forces that have moulded and shaped social change in the last century. It also discusses the implications of these changes on women's lives and the role the women have played as actors of this change. In addition, the chapter also provides a conceptual framework for the theoretical and policy discussions that are examined and discussed in the subsequent chapters that report empirical analyses.

Keywords: change; social sciences; social change; macro-social changes; economic changes; women; women's lives

Chapter.  7175 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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