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Gender in Flux: Agency and its Limits in Contemporary China

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Based on recent primary research in anthropology, sociology, history and politics, and on insights from political activism, Gender in Flux addresses gender as a main axis of social organization and cultural practice in China. Covering the impoverished rural 'sending' villages of western China to the big and wealthy Yangzi valley city of Nanjing, the far northeastern village of Huangbaiyu to the major urban centres of Tianjin and Beijing, it examines gendered practices and experiences in socio-economic, political ...

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Overview

Based on recent primary research in anthropology, sociology, history and politics, and on insights from political activism, Gender in Flux addresses gender as a main axis of social organization and cultural practice in China. Covering the impoverished rural 'sending' villages of western China to the big and wealthy Yangzi valley city of Nanjing, the far northeastern village of Huangbaiyu to the major urban centres of Tianjin and Beijing, it examines gendered practices and experiences in socio-economic, political and administrative configurations, family and household organization, education, employment and mobility, and generation. The volume addresses gendered expectations and practices as lived experience within and across different scales, challenging the standard social science division of urban, rural and migrant. Gender in Flux thus sheds important light on how the changing manifestations and articulations of gender across different practices confound any attempt at a uniform analysis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107662384
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Series: China Quarterly Special Issues Series , #10
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Strauss is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and gained an MA (1984) and PhD (1991) from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Editor of The China Quarterly, a Member of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Political Science Association, has undertaken extensive research in China and Taiwan, and has taught in the US and UK.

Harriet Evans is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies and Director of the Contemporary China Centre at the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages at the University of Westminster. She is the author of Women and Sexuality in China: Dominant Discourses of Female Sexuality and Gender Since 1949 (1997), and The Subject of Gender: Daughters and Mothers in Urban China (2008). She is currently working on an oral history of urban change in central Beijing and local practices of cultural heritage.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: gender, agency and social change Harriet Evans and Julia C. Strauss; 1. Creating a socialist feminist cultural front: women of China (1949–1966) Wang Zheng; 2. Embodied activisms: the case of the Mu Guiyang Brigade Kimberley Ens Manning; 3. From the Heyang model to the Shaanxi model: action research on women's participation in village governance Gao Xiaoxian; 4. Bridging divides and breaking homes: young women's lifecycle labour mobility as a family managerial strategy Shannon May; 5. Family strategies: fluidities of gender, community and mobility in rural west China Ellen R. Judd; 6. Income, work preferences and gender roles among parents of infants in urban China: a mixed method study from Nanjing Sung won Kim, Vanessa L. Fong, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Niobe Way, Xinyin Chen, Huihua Deng and Zuhong Lu; 7. Intergenerational transmission of family property and family management in urban China Danning Wang; 8. The gender of communication: changing expectations of mothers and daughters in urban China Harriet Evans.

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