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Women’s Work: Normalizing and Sustaining Gender Inequality

Cecilia Menjívar

in Enduring Violence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267664
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267664.003.0006
Women’s Work: Normalizing and Sustaining Gender Inequality

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This chapter does not seek to assess whether women's work leads to greater equality in the home, to equality with men, and to empowerment. This chapter instead examines the sphere of work in the lives of women in San Alejo. Examining the women's work discloses another view, away from the immediacy of the spheres of family and household, into the lives of the women. It also allows an examination of the misrecognized violence resulting from the lack of social services, from neoliberal policies that disproportionately affect the poor and women, and from the insecurity of life in a “postconflict” society. It also helps in redirecting attention to how violence is structured and normalized in social relations outside the home.

Keywords: women's work; work; women; gender inequality; misrecognized violence; social relations

Chapter.  14878 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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