Widow (or, the Virtue of Leadership)

Gail Hershatter

in The Gender of Memory

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267701
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950344 | DOI:
Widow (or, the Virtue of Leadership)

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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

Chapter.  16310 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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