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Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities: A Reader

Susan Brownell and Jeffrey Wasserstrom


The past two centuries have witnessed tremendous upheavals in every aspect of Chinese culture and society. At the level of everyday life, some of the most remarkable transformations have occurred in the realm of gender. This book is a mix of illuminating historical and ethnographic studies of gender from the 1700s to the present. The chapters are organized in pairs that alternate in focus between femininity and masculinity, between subjects traditionally associated with feminism (such as family life) and those rarely considered from a gendered point of view (like banditry). The chapters provid ... More

Keywords: Chinese culture, Chinese society, gender, femininity, masculinity, family life, banditry, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520211032
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520211032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Brownell, editor

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, editor

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Introduction: Theorizing Femininities and Masculinities

Susan Brownell, and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

Afterword: Putting Gender at the Center

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, and Susan Brownell