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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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Widow (or, the Virtue of Leadership)

Widow (or, the Virtue of Leadership)

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The Gender of Memory

Gail Hershatter

University of California Press

This chapter examines how Chinese village women campaigned and embodied state initiatives in a localized, even personalized way. It describes the situation of women against the backdrop of the national land reform campaign and the formation of mutual aid groups in the early 1950s and examines state attempts to develop local village leadership by assigning cadres. It explores the interaction between local women and young urban women organizers who conducted house-to-house mobilization of women while contending with their own problems of children left behind in the cities.

Keywords:   Chinese village women, national land reform, mutual aid groups, village leadership, young urban women, mobilization of women

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