Reviews Bryna Goodman and Wendy Larson, editors. Gender in Motion: Divisions of Labor and Cultural Change in Late Imperial and Modern China. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005. x, 343 pp. Paperback $26.95, Isbn 0742538257. Gender scholars of late imperial and twentieth-century China have drawn our attention to the prescriptive work of nei and wai in the social, cultural, and political formations of everyday life. Gender in Motion: Divisions of Labor and Cultural Change in Late Imperial and Modern China further complicates our understanding of nei and wai as the book takes these spatial categories as its collective starting point. The focus of the book is an investigation of how male and female laboring bodies redefine nei and wai while often working within and against the normative but fluid categories. This volume is notable for its coherence and the ongoing conversations across chapters concerning the operation of spatial organization and its differential meanings in various times, locations, and occupations. Because the book presents the work of many of the most prominent scholars currently researching gender issues in late imperial and modern China, readers will not be surprised by the high quality of all the chapters (although depending on
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Nov 28, 2008
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