Women's Work in Rural China: Change and Continuity in an Era of Reform

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
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Since 1978, reform policies introduced in rural China have had a profound impact on women's work and gender divisions of labor. This book provides detailed information on the shifts in women's work patterns that have occurred. It explains how and why these shifts have come about, and how they relate to other aspects of women's position in society. While other aspects of reform in rural China have been analyzed extensively, this is one of very few, and to date the most comprehensive, studies of the effects of reform on rural women.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Theorising gender
10
Patterns from the past
21
PostMao reforms
40
Families
54
Education and politics
73
Domestic work
101
Agriculture
120
Entrepreneurs on the farm
143
Industry
162
Conclusion
190
Summary of information on sample families in rural Beijing Shandong and Sichuan
198
Notes
214
Bibliography
246
Index
261
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