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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 rural Chinese women's experiences with fieldwork and household labor. It explains that during the 1950s, financial and political necessity required that women show up each day to engage in collective field work, even as their domestic responsibilities remained constant, unnamed and unremunerated. It suggests that in their own recollection, the women described their own virtue, fortitude, and suffering and offered both oblique statements and silences about maternal attachment.

Keywords:   rural Chinese women, fieldwork, household labor, domestic responsibilities, maternal attachment

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