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Description - Technology and Gender by Francesca Bray

In this feminist history of eight centuries of private life in China, the author 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 patriachy 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. This work examines three different aspects of domestic life in China, tracing their developments from 1000 to 1800 AD. It begins with the shell of domesticity, the house, focusing on how domestic space embodied hierachies of gender. The text follows the shift in the textile industry from domestic production to commercial production. Despite increasing emphasis on women's reproductive roles, the author argues, this cannot be reduced to childbearing. Female hierachies within the family reinforced the power of wiv

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520208612
ISBN-10: 0520208617
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Pages: 444
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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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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