. Labor

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:
. Labor

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This chapter examines women and labor, largely organized around twentieth-century economic refigurings and political movements. As yet, little has been done to create a bridge to the emergent literature on the late imperial (or early modern) period, with its studies by Francesca Bray (1997), Susan Mann (1997), Kenneth Pomeranz (2005), and others suggesting that patterns of women's work were no more timeless than those of marriage. Studies of women workers have also paid attention to gendered themes salient to women's studies scholarship outside the China field: daily survival strategies, sexual vulnerability, operative notions of womanly virtue, a gendered division of labor in which women consistently have been undervalued, work histories prominently shaped by marriage and childrearing, and state policies directed at women.

Keywords: women; labor; twentieth-century China; political movements; women's studies; gendered themes

Chapter.  11798 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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