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The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China's Collective Past

Gail Hershatter

Abstract

What can we learn about the Chinese revolution by placing a doubly marginalized group—rural women—at the center of the inquiry? This book explores changes in the lives of seventy-two elderly women in rural Shaanxi province during the revolutionary decades of the 1950s and 1960s. Interweaving these women's life histories with analysis, the text shows how Party-state policy became local and personal, and how it affected women's agricultural work, domestic routines, activism, marriage, childbirth, and parenting—even their notions of virtue and respectability. The women narrate their pasts from th ... More

Keywords: Chinese revolution, rural women, Shaanxi province, women's agricultural work, domestic routines, activism, marriage, childbirth, parenting, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267701
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267701.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gail Hershatter, author