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:

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This chapter focuses on the political activities of rural Chinese women during the 1950s. It re-examines the party-state campaign for marriage reform initiated by the Marriage Law. It discusses the appeal of activism to these young women; the reconfiguration of village space they helped to effect through song, dance, and attendance at meetings; their investments in the Marriage Law campaign that often left their own household arrangements untouched; and the painful decisions to divorce taken by a small minority of women.

Keywords: rural Chinese women; political activities; marriage reform; Marriage Law; young women; household arrangements; divorce

Chapter.  17517 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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