Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Phillips, Lynne,


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.



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The structural adjustment programmes of the International Monetary Fund are examined in relation to the effect these policies have on women in Latin America and the Caribbean. The discussion of the effect on women is organized around the three roles women perform in society--reproductive, productive, and community management. The discussion emphasizes the need to take into consideration factors such as class, ethnicity, age and household composition when understanding how the structural adjustment programmes affect women in their every day lives. A case study of Jamaica demonstrates that the IMF's structural adjustment programmes not only have been ineffective in stabilizing the Jamaican economy but have harmed women in each of their three roles. This discussion points to the need to change the power balance within the IMF and the structural adjustment policies it supports.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .B47. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 33-04, page: 1158. Adviser: Lynne Phillips. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.