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Women Under Communism

Very little of orthodox Marxism has survived intact in Soviet Russia and the People's Republic of China. This book explores traditional socialism and its evolution in these two societies. Women under Communism is an inquiry into the historical and contemporary development of women's status and family life in two socialist societies and lays bare the political action that has been taken to bring about equality of the sexes.
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Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Women, Family, and Philosophy Chapter 3 Engels' and Bebel's Ideas on the Family Chapter 4 Marxist Theories of Family Development Chapter 5 The Development of the Soviet Family and Woman's Status Chapter 6 Change in the Chinese Family and Woman's Status Chapter 7 Summary and Conclusion


Chao has gathered a large amount of raw material, much of which is statistical in nature. Libraries will find Chao's work useful for it primary source material, much of which is published in Chinese. Library Journal Chao has attempted an ambitious project. His book can be read in conjunction with the works of H. Kent Geiger and Ch'ing-K'un Yang. CHOICE The book is useful for researchers and teachers interested in cross-cultural analyses of sex roles and for those who have a more general interest in social effects of political ideology. Contemporary Psychology Chao analyzes such matters as Engels' and Bebel's ideas on the family, Marxist theories of family development and women's status in both the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. Publishers Weekly

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