84 China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004 Arianne M. Gaetano and Tamara Jacka, editors. On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. 368 pp. Hardcover $69.50, isbn 0231127065. Paperback $29.50, isbn 0231127073. In discussions of rural to urban migration, there is a tendency to treat the experiences of migrants as homogeneous, to speak in broad generalities, ignoring differences in choice sets and potential outcomes of choices generated by geographical, gender, and other differences. This has also been the case in most studies of internal migration in China. Arianne M. Gaetano and Tamara Jacka's edited volume, On the Move: Women in Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China, is therefore a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on internal migration in China, as well as to the broader fields of cultural anthropology and subaltern studies. The essays in the text analyze the experiences of women in rural to urban migration in the overdetermined context of existing discourses and social settings, mostly through fieldwork, and sometimes reaching contradictory conclusions. In the closing section of the text, a direct voice is given to migrant women in the form of translated narratives. The
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 18, 2004
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