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Social Problems in Asia (SOCG 218): Week 6

Gender Inequalities

Can social problems be resolved?

Week 6 looks at how social problems can be solved, and in particular, through social movements. When discussing social movements, the main focus is on the different strategies used to mobilize people to serve certain purposes. Gender inequalities have a very long history in our male-dominated culture and institutions, and social problems are created because of this. Changes in policies will not make a difference unless fundamental social and cultural changes occur. When institutional changes can't do the job, social movements should take the lead with the aim of changing the fundamental mindset.

This week explores questions such as:

  • What are the pros and cons of using social movements as a tool to achieve changes?
  • What is the chance of success of social movements in underdeveloped countries?


1. Gina Kong. 2009. “Are Women-Only Trade Unions Necessary in South Korea? A Study of Women Workers' Struggles in Korea's Labor Market.” Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 29(1): 217-244.

2. Heo, MinSook. 2010. “Women’s Movement and the Politics of Framing: The Construction of Anti-domestic Violence Legislation in South Korea.” Women’s Studies International Forum 33: 225-233.

3. Naila Kabeer. 2011. “Between Affiliation and Autonomy: Navigating Pathways of Women’s Empowerment and Gender Justice in Rural Bangladesh.” Development and Change 42(2): 499–528.

4. Priya R. Banerjee. 2013. “Dowry in 21st-Century India: The Sociocultural Face of Exploitation.” Trauma Violence Abuse published online

5. Sharada Srinivasan. 2005. “Daughters or Dowries? The Changing Nature of Dowry Practices in South India.” World Development 33(4): 593–615.

6. Aloysius Irudayam s.j. et al. 2006. “Dalit Women Speak Out Violence against Dalit Women in India." Overview report. National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights.

7. Jahnvi Andharia and the ANANDI Collective. 2008. “The Dalit Women’s Movement in India: Dalit Mahila Samiti.” Association of Women’s Right in Development.

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