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 tells the dual story of how rural Chinese women became responsible for cotton cultivation and how a handful of nationally and regionally famous women labor models emerged into the public view. It explains how state authorities chose the labor models and describes how their activities were presented for emulation by a wider public. It investigates to what extent women labor models came to understand themselves in the terms provided by the state.

Keywords: rural Chinese women; cotton cultivation; women labor models; state authorities; public view

Chapter.  12983 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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