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The gender dimension of social changeThe contribution of dynamic research to the study of women's life courses$
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Elisabetta Ruspini and Angela Dale

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343321

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343321.001.0001

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Women and social change

Women and social change

(p.11) Two Women and social change
The gender dimension of social change

Elisabetta Ruspini

Policy Press

The problematics of change have always occupied central position in sociological thought, and the modern social sciences have emerged in response to an era of rapid social change and the consequent need for greater understanding of social, economic and political processes. In the study of society, change is a feature of social reality that any social-scientific theory must sooner or later address. Change is a complex process involving many factors, all of which are interwoven and dependent upon each other. And one of these changes is the macro-social and economic changes which interact with the life courses of women, men and family, producing changes at the micro-level. This chapter offers a discussion of social change, and the forces that have moulded and shaped social change in the last century. It also discusses the implications of these changes on women's lives and the role the women have played as actors of this change. In addition, the chapter also provides a conceptual framework for the theoretical and policy discussions that are examined and discussed in the subsequent chapters that report empirical analyses.

Keywords:   change, social sciences, social change, macro-social changes, economic changes, women, women's lives

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