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Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism

Lisa Rofel


This analysis of three generations of women in a Chinese silk factory interweaves the intimate details of observations with a broad-ranging critique of the meaning of modernity in a postmodern age. It is based at a silk factory in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China. The book compares the lives of three generations of women workers: those who entered the factory right around the Communist revolution in 1949, those who were youths during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, and those who have come of age in the Deng era. Exploring attitudes toward work, marriage, society, and culture, it con ... More

Keywords: Chinese silk factory, modernity, postmodern age, Hangzhou, eastern China, Communist revolution, Deng era, work, marriage, society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780520210783
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520210783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Rofel, author