Chinese Femininities/ Chinese Masculinities by Susan Brownell
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Chinese Femininities/ Chinese Masculinities
By Susan Brownell

Chinese Femininities/ Chinese Masculinities

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Chinese Femininities/ Chinese Masculinities by Susan Brownell

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The past two centuries have witnessed tremendous upheavals in every aspect of Chinese culture and society. At the level of everyday life, some of the most remarkable transformations have occurred in the realm of gender. "Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities" is a mix of illuminating historical and ethnographic studies of gender from the 1700s to the present. The essays in this highly creative collection are organized in pairs that alternate in focus between femininity and masculinity, between subjects traditionally associated with feminism (such as family life) and those rarely considered from a gendered point of view (like banditry). The chapters provide a wealth of interesting detail on such varied topics as court cases involving widows and homosexuals; ideal spouses of early-twentieth-century radicals; changing images of prostitutes; the masculinity of qigong masters; sexuality in the era of reform; and, the eroticization of minorities. While most of the essays were specifically written for this volume, a few are reprinted as a testament to their enduring value. Exploring the central role of gender as an organizing principle of Chinese social life, Chinese Femininities/ Chinese Masculinities is an innovative reader that will spark new debate in a wide range of disciplines.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520221161
ISBN-10: 0520221168
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 474
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 7-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan Brownell

Susan Brownell is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is the author of Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic (1995). Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (1991) and coeditor of Popular Protest and Political Culture in China (1994).

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