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Introduction

Gail Hershatter

in Women in China's Long Twentieth Century

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520098565
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098565.003.0001
Introduction

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The study of women in twentieth-century China has expanded so quickly since the mid-1980s that a state-of-the-field survey becomes outdated in the time it takes to assemble and write one. Research about Chinese women has been enriched by the growth of women's studies abroad and in China; by debates about gender as a category of analysis and its uneasy relationship to sex and sexuality; by conversations inside established scholarly disciplines about gender's entanglement with politics, migration, nation building, and modernity; by discussions across the disciplines about agency, resistance, subjectivity, and voice; and by several waves of refigured Marxism in the wake of feminist activity, socialism's demise, and the development of postcolonial scholarship. Gender has appeared at the center of new debates in the Chinese press, within the state, and among emergent groups such as women's studies scholars, social workers, legal experts, and labor analysts.

Keywords: twentieth-century China; women's studies; Chinese women; Marxism; feminism

Chapter.  2625 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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