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Women in China's Long Twentieth Century$
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Gail Hershatter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098565

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098565.001.0001

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Women in China's Long Twentieth Century

Gail Hershatter

University of California Press

This chapter examines women and labor, largely organized around twentieth-century economic refigurings and political movements. As yet, little has been done to create a bridge to the emergent literature on the late imperial (or early modern) period, with its studies by Francesca Bray (1997), Susan Mann (1997), Kenneth Pomeranz (2005), and others suggesting that patterns of women's work were no more timeless than those of marriage. Studies of women workers have also paid attention to gendered themes salient to women's studies scholarship outside the China field: daily survival strategies, sexual vulnerability, operative notions of womanly virtue, a gendered division of labor in which women consistently have been undervalued, work histories prominently shaped by marriage and childrearing, and state policies directed at women.

Keywords:   women, labor, twentieth-century China, political movements, women's studies, gendered themes

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