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The Gender of MemoryRural Women and China's Collective Past$
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Gail Hershatter

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267701

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267701.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Gender of Memory

Gail Hershatter

University of California Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the experiences of rural women related to the Chinese revolution. It presents interviews with rural women who lived in the Shaanxi village during the 1950s and 1960s and investigates what socialism was locally, for whom and how gender figured in its creation. It relates the experiences of rural women during the revolution and describes their political activities.

Keywords:   rural women, Chinese revolution, Shaanxi village, socialism, political activities

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