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Title: Married women's labour force participation and status : a study of the working class in South Korea.
Author: Kim, Kyung-Ai.
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1994
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The factors affecting the supply side of married women's working participation in the working class and the impact of women's paid work on their Btatus at home are the main concern of the current Btudy. For the argument, homeworkers and workers outside the home were compared. The baBic points in thiB study are: The age of the youngest child was one of the biggeBt barriers to married women's labour force participation. However, the age barrier seemed not to be absolute or the whole story in decisionmaking over married women's paid working participation. Another traditional domeBtic responsibility, housework, to exercise only a slight influence on the female labour participation in Korea. seems force An important factor influencing women's acceSB to paid work was the huabanda ' attitude. In particular, the control of women'B sexuality because of the fear of infidelity seemed to be the most important reaBon of the husbands' opposition to their wives working outside the home. For the same reaBon, women's working conditionB were controlled by their husbands. Economic needs resulting from the husbands' inability to sustain the household forced them to allow their wiveB to work for an incom~._ HowE'v~r, this did not automatically lead to the hUBbands giving perrr:'ssionfor the wives to take up paid work. Women struggled against, and resiBted, their hUBbands control over them. Their income earning was not likely to enhance women's status in relation to their huabanda at home because of the husbands' control of married women's labour power and their working conditions. The status of women at home Beemed primarily to be the cause of their position in the labour force participation, rather than the result. However, women's high income could only reinforce the status of those women who already had a good relationship with their husbands
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology Sociology Human services Labor