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Chinese Women and Rural Development Sixty Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan

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ISBN-10: 0742511081

ISBN-13: 9780742511088

Edition: 2001

Authors: Laurel Bossen

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Rich in its historical perspective on women and men in the context of economic development, this ethnography provides a unique window on rural China since the 1930s. Laurel Bossen uses her detailed knowledge to explore theories regarding such momentous changes as the demise of footbinding, the transformation and feminization of farming, the rise of family planning, and the question of missing daughters. Based on research conducted during the 1990s in Lu Village and informed by Fei Xiaotong's classic 1930s study of the same village, the book goes beyond the enduring myths of women as either victims or heroes. Throughout, Lu Village women defy stereotypes, their stories expressing the range…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/22/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Laurel Bossen is associate professor of anthropology at McGill University.

List of Maps, Figures, and Tables
Weights and Measures
Preface: Discovering a Matriline
Note on Orthography
Lu Village in Southwest China: Unearthing Gender
Perspectives in Time
Trade and Beauty: The Demise of Footbinding in Lu Village
Gender in Land Tenure, Farming, and Employment
The Wealth of a Gifted Woman: The Shaman of Lu Village
Wealth and Poverty, 1930s to 1990s: Paths to Ruin and Fortune
Marriage, Household, and Gender: Keeping Sons and Daughters
Demographic Change, Family Planning, and Sex Preference
Politics and Political Culture
Unbinding China's Peasants
About the Author