The underbelly of the tiger: gender and the demystification of the Asian miracle

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This paper analyses the debate on the Asian Miracle both as an ideological construct as well as an empirical experience. As an ideological construct, the Asian Miracle is an expression of a complex web of power relations forged mainly by a struggle between East and West over industrial achievement, the meaning of industrial progress and governance. As an empirical experience, industrialization in East Asia bases itself on gender as a central organizing principle in production and reproduction as manifested in the four-tier system of industrial work. the paper suggests that until the framework of evaluation of the Asian Miracle seriously takes on a more complete understanding of the economy as an integration between two systems, i.e. production and reproduction, the metaphor Asian Miracle had more significance in capacity to clone previous patterns of industrialization rather than in producing a 'mega-transformation' in the cultural, social and political realms.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998

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