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Responsibility Without Authority: the Growing Burden for Women in the Caribbean

Jan Knippers Black

Review of Social Economy, 1997, vol. 55, issue 2, 235-242

Abstract: After achieving independence and limited economic self-assertion in the sixties and seventies, most Caribbean states have been reabsorbed by a now globalized neocolonial system. The “structural adjustment” exacted in the process has exacerbated hardship and inequality generally and has been particularly hard on women. It has deprived them of resources and authority while requiring them to assume service and welfare responsibilities being abandoned by the state. As male unemployment rises, more women are working longer hours for less in new maquiladora industries. But women are elaborating new collective strategies for pooling resources, nurturing souls, and regenerating energies.

Keywords: gender; structural adjustment; Caribbean; coping collectively (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1997
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