Technology and Gender
Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China
By (author) Francesca Bray
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Technology and Gender by Francesca Bray
Book DescriptionIn this feminist history of eight centuries of private life in China, Francesca Bray inserts women into the history of technology and adds technology to the history of women. Bray takes issue with the Orientalist image that traditional Chinese women were imprisoned in the inner quarters, deprived of freedom and dignity, and so physically and morally deformed by footbinding and the tyrannies of patriarchy that they were incapable of productive work. She proposes a concept of gynotechnics, a set of everyday technologies that define women's roles, as a creative new way to explore how societies translate moral and social principles into a web of material forms and bodily practices. Bray examines three different aspects of domestic life in China, tracing their developments from 1000 to 1800 A.D. She begins with the shell of domesticity, the house, focusing on how domestic space embodied hierarchies of gender. She follows the shift in the textile industry from domestic production to commercial production. Despite increasing emphasis on women's reproductive roles, she argues, this cannot be reduced to childbearing. Female hierarchies within the family reinforced the power of wives, whose responsibilities included ritual activities and financial management as well as the education of children.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520208612
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Francesca Bray
Rice, Hardback (February 2015)
Rice is a first step toward a history of rice and its place in capitalism from global and comparative perspectives.
Rice Economies, Paperback (May 1994)
Examines patterns of technological and social evolution specific to East-Asian wet-rice economies in order to clarify some general historical trends in economic development.
Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 6, Biology and Biological Technology, Part 2, Agriculture, Hardback (April 1984)» View all books by Francesca Bray
This second part of the sixth volume of Joeph Needham's great enterprise is an account of the technological history of Chinese agriculture.
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Author Biography - Francesca Bray
Francesca Bray is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of The Rice Economies: Technology and Development in Asian Societies (California, 1994).
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