The ten papers in "Gender Realities: Local and Global" document the types of work in which women engage, and gender equity issues they face. They show both the importance of considering the uniqueness of cultural contexts for understanding and resolving problems and how global interdependence affects local gender realities. The papers fall into two broad and overlapping categories: gender, work and development, and gender and discrimination. Papers related to particular settings focus on the resettlement of villagers in Lesotho, the development of welfare policies in Puerto Rico, the experiences of fishery workers in Newfoundland and of immigrants to Maritime Canada, decisions made by retired couples in the United States, problems faced by academics in Finnish universities, classroom interaction in Canadian law schools, and attitudes of and about school children in Nepal. Other papers examine the role of gender in the informal economy worldwide and the globalization of sexual harassment. Authors based in the United States, Canada and Finland employ a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods including extensive field work, interviews, surveys, and literature reviews.An introduction by the editors relates the papers to one another and to broad gender themes. Each paper includes an extensive reference list and the volume index allows readers to track specific topics from one paper to the next.
Gender Realities: Local and Global: Introduction. (V. Demos, M. Texler Segal). Gender Segregation in the Hidden Labor Force: Looking at the Relationship Between the Formal and Informal Economies. (K.A. Snyder). Resettlement and Risk: Women's Community Work in Lesotho. (Y.A. Braun). Lessons From India: Applying a 'Third World' Framework to Examine the Impacts of Fisheries Crisis on Women in Newfoundland Villages. (D. Harrison, N. Gerarda Power). Gender, Economic Development and the Puerto Rican Welfare State. (M. Morrissey). Dual-Earner Couples' Expectations for Joint Retirement: A Study of Typical and atypical Congruent and Non-Congruent Couples. (A. Behringer, C.C. Perrucci, R. Hogan). The Globalization of Sexual Harassment. (J. Markert). Women's Work-Related and Family-Related Discrimination and Support in Academia. (L. Husu). "Working Much Harder and Always Having to Prove Yourself:" Immigrant Women's Labor Force Experiences in the Canadian Maritimes. (E. Tastsoglou, B. Miedema). Shooting the Messenger and the Message: The Social Basis of Authority Challenges in Canadian Law School Settings. (A. Nierobisz, J. Hagan). Processes of Gendering and the Institutionalization of Gender in the Family and School: A Case Study from Nepal. (J. Rothchild).