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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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The Gender of Memory

Gail Hershatter

University of California Press

This chapter examines the retrospective recounting of life in the collective years by women in reform-era China. It looks at an ongoing interdisciplinary and cross-geographical discussion about revolution, repudiation and post-Communist nostalgia and traces the connections between pre-Liberation, socialist construction, and market socialism eras. It suggests that the women in this study have fashioned a narrative of progress, featuring themselves as paragons of womanly virtue, telling their stories in an era when the histories, memories, and institutions of the collective era are disappearing and devalued.

Keywords:   women, collective years, reform-era China, revolution, post-Communist nostalgia, womanly virtue, collective era

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