On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China

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Overview

This book explores the impact of migration on the identities, values, worldviews, and social positions of migrant women in contemporary China based on original fieldwork as well as in-depth research in multiple regions of China.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

China Review International
A welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on international migration...It behooves social scientists in all fields, from anthropology to economics, to pay heed to their message.

— Satyananda J. Gabriel

Rural History
This book is a fascinating and important study. It should appeal to many readers.

— Hiroko Tomida

The China Journal
The book provides an important service in highlighting the many issues involved in women's rural-to-urban migration.

— Alice Goldstein

New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies
On the Move is an extremely well-researched book... [It] carefully balances the emphasis on agency with accurate descriptions of the women's struggles.

— Paola Voci

China Review International - Satyananda J. Gabriel

A welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on international migration...It behooves social scientists in all fields, from anthropology to economics, to pay heed to their message.

Rural History - Hiroko Tomida

This book is a fascinating and important study. It should appeal to many readers.

The China Journal - Alice Goldstein

The book provides an important service in highlighting the many issues involved in women's rural-to-urban migration.

New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies - Paola Voci

On the Move is an extremely well-researched book... [It] carefully balances the emphasis on agency with accurate descriptions of the women's struggles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231127073
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamara Jacka is Fellow, Gender Relations Center, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. She is the author of Women's Work in Rural China: Change and Continuity in an Era of Reform. She lives in Canberra, Australia. Arianne M. Gaetano is an advanced doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Southern California. She currently resides in Massachusetts.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Focusing on Migrant Women, by Tamara Jacka and Arianne M. GaetanoPart 1. Negotiating Identities 1. Filial Daughters, Modern Women: Migrant Domestic Workers in Post-Mao Beijing, by Arianne M. Gaetano2. From Peasant Women to Bar Hostesses: Gender and Modernity in Post-Mao Dalian, by Tiantian Zheng3. Indoctrination, Fetishization, and Compassion: Media Constructions of the Migrant Woman, by Wanning SunPart 2. Seeking a Future 4. Dilemmas of the Heart: Rural Working Women and Their Hopes for the Future, by Louise Beynon5. Living as Double Outsiders: Migrant Women's Experiences of Marriage in a County-Level City, by Lin Tan and Susan E. ShortPart 3. Changing Village Life 6. Out to the City and Back to the Village: The Experiences and Contributions of Rural Women Migrating from Sichuan and Anhui, by C. Cindy Fan7. The Migration Experiences of Young Women from Four Counties in Sichuan and Anhui, by Binbin Lou, Zhenzhen Zheng, Rachel Connelly, Kenneth D. Roberts8. The Impact of Labor Migration on the Well-Being and Agency of Rural Chinese Women: Cultural and Economic Contexts and the Life Course, by Rachel MurphyPart 4. Writing Lives 9. Migrant Women's Stories, by Tamara Jacka10. My Life as a Migrant Worker, by Translations by Tamara Jacka and Song XianlinLet Bygones Be Bygones / Cui JingyuThe Law Is by My Side / Huang ZhihuaBurdened Youth / Mian XiaohongI Am a Cloud / Pang HuiLooking Back, I Am Proud / Wang XiangfenLeaving Huaihua Valley: A Sichuan Girl's Own Account of Being a Migrant WorkerWorking for Myself / Li JianyingGlossary of Chinese TermsReferencesList of ContributorsIndex

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