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Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters ed. by Beverly Bossler (review)

Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters ed. by Beverly Bossler (review) Reviews Beverly Bossler, editor. Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. xii, 266 pp. Hardcover, $50.00, isbn 978-0-295-99470-3. Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters offers an illuminating set of studies on gendered encounters at specific moments in Chinese history from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Arranged in rough chronological order, the chapters span the early eighteenth century through to the contemporary period. Each contributing author enlists a particular case study to present a set of intriguing encounters between men and women, different social classes, Han Chinese and other ethnic groups, and, in one case, Europeans and Chinese. In her introduction, Beverly Bossler provides a timely overview of several decades of work on the study of gender in Chinese history. We are reminded of earlier contributions that challenged Eurocentric notions of gender and established the importance of the relational nature of male and female roles within Chinese kinship and status systems. Chinese "patriarchal" institutions have been fruitfully studied from the perspective of female participants. We now know much more about women's roles in local economies and in household management, female influence at court, women's property and legal rights, and the role of women http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters ed. by Beverly Bossler (review)

China Review International , Volume 21 (2) – Nov 28, 2014

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Reviews Beverly Bossler, editor. Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. xii, 266 pp. Hardcover, $50.00, isbn 978-0-295-99470-3. Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters offers an illuminating set of studies on gendered encounters at specific moments in Chinese history from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Arranged in rough chronological order, the chapters span the early eighteenth century through to the contemporary period. Each contributing author enlists a particular case study to present a set of intriguing encounters between men and women, different social classes, Han Chinese and other ethnic groups, and, in one case, Europeans and Chinese. In her introduction, Beverly Bossler provides a timely overview of several decades of work on the study of gender in Chinese history. We are reminded of earlier contributions that challenged Eurocentric notions of gender and established the importance of the relational nature of male and female roles within Chinese kinship and status systems. Chinese "patriarchal" institutions have been fruitfully studied from the perspective of female participants. We now know much more about women's roles in local economies and in household management, female influence at court, women's property and legal rights, and the role of women

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