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Other ModernitiesGendered Yearnings in China after Socialism$
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Lisa Rofel

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520210783

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520210783.001.0001

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Allegories of Postsocialism

Allegories of Postsocialism

(p.217) 7 Allegories of Postsocialism
Other Modernities

Lisa Rofel

University of California Press

Turning in this chapter to the current period and to the youngest cohort, which came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, one can readily see the disjunctures that distinguish this most recent project of modernity from previous ones. In this context, gender has become highly visible as a category of analysis and a subject of controversy. There has been an explosion of public discussion in China on the marking, defining, and inhabiting of feminine and masculine identities. The chapter doubles as a debate on the socialist state and the means and mode of reaching modernity. The naturalization of gender forms the central motif in the postsocialist allegory of modernity.

Keywords:   cohort, post-Mao, historical memories, modernity, feminine identity

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