Reviews Gail Hershatter. Women in China's Long Twentieth Century. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007. 170 pp. Paperback $29.95, Isbn 978 0520098565. Although Women in China's Long Twentieth Century is a well-documented stateof-the-field guide to Chinese women's more recent history, its analysis raises the significant question of the degree to which patterns of change in Chinese women's lives reflect broader political developments in the People's Republic of China (PRC). Based on the sources surveyed, three broad themes emerge as the core of this concise work's revealing discussions of twentieth-century scholarship on Chinese women. Following a clear and perfunctory introduction, the next three chapters take up each of these themes. Chapter 1 focuses on marriage, family, sexuality, and gender difference; chapter 2 on labor; and chapter 3 on national modernity. The final chapter, "Afterthoughts," serves as a conclusion that puts forward five paradigmatic ways in which scholars can shift the frames within which they explore the subject of Chinese women's history. Despite its historical bent, this volume offers an important contribution to the fields of China studies, Chinese history, contemporary Chinese politics and economics, and comparative gender studies because the patterns it identifies cross both disciplines and time
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Nov 28, 2008
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