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Globalization, the Patriarchal State and Women's Resistance in Singapore

Doran, Christine and Jose, Jim (2002). Globalization, the Patriarchal State and Women's Resistance in Singapore. Gender, Technology and Development,6(2):215-232.

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Title Globalization, the Patriarchal State and Women's Resistance in Singapore
Author Doran, Christine
Jose, Jim
Journal Name Gender, Technology and Development
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 6
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0971-8524   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 215
End Page 232
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication New Delhi
Publisher Sage Publications
Field of Research 1606 - Political Science
1699 - Other Studies in Human Society
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This article explores the impact of globalization and the state policies on women in Singapore. It traces the trajectory of the government's globalizing policies and its deliberate use ofgender to counteract the perceived erosion of traditional social relations in the workplace and the home. Singaporean women have been economically marginalized and remain vulnerable in many respects, as the recent economic crisis has shown. Nevertheless, the pursuit of global integration by the Singaporean government has produced a steadily rising standard of living with increased opportunities for women's education and employment. This has led to the women's resistance, and given them leverage to pressure the government to acknowledge women's social and political claims. This article suggests that globalization has generated new political dynamics, transcending the power of the nation-state, in this case the Singaporean state, with some positive outcomes for women. The article thereby challenges the idea that the effects of globalization are beyond human control, or that any particular outcomes are inevitable.
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