Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities: A Reader / Edition 1

Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities: A Reader / Edition 1

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by Susan Brownell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520221168

ISBN-13: 9780520221161

Pub. Date: 01/07/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

The past two centuries have witnessed tremendous upheavals in every aspect of Chinese culture and society. At the level of everyday life, some of the most remarkable transformations have occurred in the realm of gender. Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities is a mix of illuminating historical and ethnographic studies of gender from the 1700s to the…  See more details below

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The past two centuries have witnessed tremendous upheavals in every aspect of Chinese culture and society. At the level of everyday life, some of the most remarkable transformations have occurred in the realm of gender. Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities is a mix of illuminating historical and ethnographic studies of gender from the 1700s to the present.

The essays in this highly creative collection are organized in pairs that alternate in focus between femininity and masculinity, between subjects traditionally associated with feminism (such as family life) and those rarely considered from a gendered point of view (like banditry). The chapters provide a wealth of interesting detail on such varied topics as court cases involving widows and homosexuals; ideal spouses of early-twentieth-century radicals; changing images of prostitutes; the masculinity of qigong masters; sexuality in the era of reform; and the eroticization of minorities. While most of the essays were specifically written for this volume, a few are reprinted as a testament to their enduring value.

Exploring the central role of gender as an organizing principle of Chinese social life, Chinese Femininities/ Chinese Masculinities is an innovative reader that will spark new debate in a wide range of disciplines.

Author Biography: Susan Brownell is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is the author of Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic. (1995). Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (1991) and coeditor of Popular Protest and Political Culture in China (1994).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520221161
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/07/2002
Series:
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction: Theorizing Femininities and Masculinities1
Pt. IGender and the Law (Qing Dynasty)43
1Femininity in Flux: Gendered Virtue and Social Conflict in the Mid-Qing Courtroom47
2Dangerous Males, Vulnerable Males, and Polluted Males: The Regulation of Masculinity in Qing Dynasty Law67
Pt. IIIdeals of Marriage and Family (Mid-Qing Dynasty and Early Republican Era)89
3Grooming a Daughter for Marriage: Brides and Wives in the Mid-Qing Period93
4"The Truths I Have Learned": Nationalism, Family Reform, and Male Identity in China's New Culture Movement, 1915-1923120
Pt. IIIGender in Literary Traditions (May Fourth Era to Reform Era)145
5Invention and Intervention: The Making of a Female Tradition in Modern Chinese Literature149
6The Self Loving the Self: Men and Connoisseurship in Modern Chinese Literature175
Pt. VDangerous Women and Dangerous Men (Late Ming Dynasty to Early Communist Period)195
7Modernizing Sex, Sexing Modernity: Prostitution in Early-Twentieth-Century Shanghai199
8Approximations of Chinese Bandits: Perverse Rebels, Romantic Heroes, or Frustrated Bachelors?226
Pt. VThe Gender of Rebels (Cultural Revolution)251
9Maoist Mappings of Gender: Reassessing the Red Guards255
10"Little Brothers" in the Cultural Revolution: The Worker Rebels of Shanghai269
Pt. VIBlood, Qi, and the Gendered Body (Qing Dynasty and Reform Era)287
11Blood, Body, and Gender: Medical Images of the Female Condition in China, 1600-1850291
12Embodying Qi and Masculinities in Post-Mao China315
Pt. VIIShifting Contexts of Gender and Sexuality (Reform Era)331
13Past, Perfect or Imperfect: Changing Images of the Ideal Wife335
14Proper Men and Proper Women: Parental Affection in the Chinese Family361
Pt. VIIIGender Sexuality, and Ethnicity (Reform Era)381
15Gender and Internal Orientalism in China385
16Tradition and the Gender of Civility412
Afterword: Putting Gender at the Center435
Contributors447
Index451

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Chinese Femininities, Chinese Masculinities 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BrianGriffith More than 1 year ago
A great collection of insights from many angles on gender in China. The articles touch on the changing faces of law, crime, medicine, obscenity, rebellion, pollution, romance, and more. Through it all, we have a drama of conflicting visions for better relations between the sexes. We have a longing for equality, but with rapidly changing images of what equality looks like. It's a helpful comparison with similar developments in the West. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization