Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism
By (author) Lisa Rofel
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Other Modernities by Lisa Rofel
Book DescriptionIn this analysis of three generations of women in a Chinese silk factory, Lisa Rofel brilliantly interweaves the intimate details of her observations with a broad-ranging critique of the meaning of modernity in a postmodern age. The author based her study at a silk factory in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China. She compares the lives of three generations of women workers: those who entered the factory right around the Communist revolution in 1949, those who were youths during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, and those who have come of age in the Deng era. Exploring attitudes toward work, marriage, society, and culture, she convincingly connects the changing meanings of the modern in official discourse to the stories women tell about themselves and what they make of their lives. One of the first studies to take up theoretically sophisticated issues about gender, modernity, and power based on a solid ethnographic ground, this much-needed cross-generational study will be a model for future anthropological work around the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520210790
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 17-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lisa Rofel
New Chinese Documentary Film Movement, Paperback (September 2010)
The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement is the first English-language book on Chinese documentary film, the signature mode of contemporary Chinese visual culture. The book offers an introduction, a detailed historical analysis, and specialized essays on specific themes and individual films to illuminate this exciting trend.
Engendering China, Paperback (June 1994)» View all books by Lisa Rofel
This collection of essays on women in China captures a pivotal moment in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, examining gender issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Topics covered include learned women in the 18th century, sexuality, women's consciousness, and literature.
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Author Biography - Lisa Rofel
Lisa Rofel is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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