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Chinese Women and Rural Development : Sixty Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan - Laurel Bossen

Chinese Women and Rural Development

Sixty Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan

Paperback Published: 22nd January 2002
ISBN: 9780742511088
Number Of Pages: 424

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Rich in historical perspective on women and men in the context of economic development, this ethnography provides a unique window on rural China since the 1930s. Laurel Bossen uses her detailed knowledge to explore theories regarding such momentous changes as the demise of footbinding, the transformation and feminization of farming, the rise of family planning, and the question of missing daughters. Based on anthropological research conducted during the 1990s in Lu Village and informed by the classic 1930s study of the same village by Fei Xiaotong, China's most famous anthropologist, Chinese Women and Rural Development goes beyond the enduring myths and cardboard images of women as either victims or heroes. Highlighting women's work in a complex farming economy and their choices in marriage and family, the book portrays individuals confronting a variety of changes, ranging from drastic to gradual, in their daily lives. Bossen examines the economic, social, and political practices both upholding and altering the boundaries of gender in the face of shifting state and market forces over time. Throughout, Lu Village women defy stereotypes, yet their stories, rooted in the reality of Yunnan province, express the commonalities and continuities of gender in rural China.

Industry Reviews

Fresh and insightful. An extremely strong contribution to the literature on both women in China and in rural development more broadly. The author is leading the wave of new ethnography that explores and encompasses a local cultural whole. Specialists will find the book fascinating; students will find it accessible and likable.--Hill Gates, Stanford University

List of Maps, Figures, and Tablesp. ix
Weights and Measuresp. xiii
Preface: Discovering a Matrilinep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Note on Orthographyp. xxvii
Lu Village in Southwest China: Unearthing Genderp. 1
Perspectives in Timep. 27
Trade and Beauty: The Demise of Footbinding in Lu Villagep. 37
Gender in Land Tenure, Farming, and Employmentp. 85
The Wealth of a Gifted Woman: The Shaman of Lu Villagep. 151
Wealth and Poverty, 1930s to 1990s: Paths to Ruin and Fortunep. 179
Marriage, Household, and Gender: Keeping Sons and Daughtersp. 223
Demographic Change, Family Planning, and Sex Preferencep. 273
Politics and Political Culturep. 311
Unbinding China's Peasantsp. 347
Glossaryp. 363
Bibliographyp. 367
Indexp. 381
About the Authorp. 393
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ISBN: 9780742511088
ISBN-10: 0742511081
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 22nd January 2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.14  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.65