Chinese Femininities, Chinese Masculinities: A Reader

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Susan Brownell, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Thomas Laqueur
University of California Press, 2002 - Social Science - 460 pages
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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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Contents

Theorizing Femininities and Masculinities
1
GENDER AND THE LAW QING DYNASTY
43
IDEALS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY MIDQING
89
Nationalism Family Reform
120
MAY FOURTH ERA TO REFORM ERA
145
Men and Connoisseur ship
175
DANGEROUS WOMEN
195
Perverse Rebels
226
BLOOD QI AND THE GENDERED BODY
287
Embodying Qi and Masculinities in Post Mao China
315
SHIFTING CONTEXTS OF GENDER
331
Parental Affection in the Chinese Family
361
GENDER SEXUALITY
381
Tradition and the Gender of Civility
412
PUTTING GENDER AT THE CENTER
435
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447

THE GENDER OF REBELS
251

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About the author (2002)

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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