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Merchants' DaughtersWomen, Commerce, and Regional Culture in South China$
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Helen F. Siu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099692

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099692.001.0001

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Women Workers in Hong Kong, 1960s–1990s:

Women Workers in Hong Kong, 1960s–1990s:

Voices, Meanings,and Structural Constraints

(p.197) 9 Women Workers in Hong Kong, 1960s–1990s:
Merchants' Daughters
Helen F. Siu
Hong Kong University Press

This chapter tells the stories of women workers in Hong Kong during the period between the 1960s and the 1990s. These three decades witnessed the growth of a vibrant economy fuelled by rapid industrialization, which peaked in the 1970s and 1980s. It argues that the stories of these women workers illuminate the role played by the invisible yet pervasive patriarchal gender substructure in the capitalistic development in Hong Kong, which, in turn, forms part of the growth of the global capitalist economy.

Keywords:   women workers, Hong Kong, industrialization, capitalistic development, capitalist economy

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