Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, written by Zheng Wang, 2016


Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China,... Wang Zheng’s new book deals with the struggles of socialist state feminists in the early People’s Republic of China and their legacy in today’s society. The title takes up Wendy Brown’s article, published in 1992, “Finding the Man in the State,” which identified the male and masculinist side in the states of Western capitalism.1 Finding Women in the State suggests doing the same for the feminist side of the socialist state. The socialist state feminists the author chooses as her central theme are those women who held office within the structures of the socialist state and tried to pursue feminist politics in the particular context of establishing a new socialist society. The declared goal of the book is to investigate “the internal workings of the CCP in the contentious processes of socialist state formation and cultural transformation from a gender perspective and [to illuminate] a persistent ‘gender line’ in the struggles within high politics” (p. 2). It follows socialist state feminists’ struggles for feminist concerns in a situation where the problem of gender inequality was not high on the political agenda, and did not figure prominently in the minds of a male or even masculinist leadership. The book covers the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png NAN NÜ Brill

Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, written by Zheng Wang, 2016


NAN NÜ , Volume 19 (2): 4 – Jan 29, 2017

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1387-6805
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1568-5268
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10.1163/15685268-00192P09
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Wang Zheng’s new book deals with the struggles of socialist state feminists in the early People’s Republic of China and their legacy in today’s society. The title takes up Wendy Brown’s article, published in 1992, “Finding the Man in the State,” which identified the male and masculinist side in the states of Western capitalism.1 Finding Women in the State suggests doing the same for the feminist side of the socialist state. The socialist state feminists the author chooses as her central theme are those women who held office within the structures of the socialist state and tried to pursue feminist politics in the particular context of establishing a new socialist society. The declared goal of the book is to investigate “the internal workings of the CCP in the contentious processes of socialist state formation and cultural transformation from a gender perspective and [to illuminate] a persistent ‘gender line’ in the struggles within high politics” (p. 2). It follows socialist state feminists’ struggles for feminist concerns in a situation where the problem of gender inequality was not high on the political agenda, and did not figure prominently in the minds of a male or even masculinist leadership. The book covers the

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Published: Jan 29, 2017

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