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In this analysis of three generations of women in a Chinese silk factory, Lisa Rofel brilliantly interweaves the intimate details of her observations with a broad-ranging critique of the meaning of modernity in a postmodern age.

The author based her study at a silk factory in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China. She compares the lives of three generations of women workers: those who entered the factory right around the Communist revolution in 1949, those who were youths during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, and those who have come of age in the Deng era. Exploring attitudes toward work, marriage, society, and culture, she convincingly connects the changing meanings of the modern in official discourse to the stories women tell about themselves and what they make of their lives.

One of the first studies to take up theoretically sophisticated issues about gender, modernity, and power based on a solid ethnographic ground, this much-needed cross-generational study will be a model for future anthropological work around the world.

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"Cogent, evocative, and theoretically rigorous. I know of no one else who has so artfully delineated the complex, heterogeneous effects of political mobilization on the formation of collective and individual subjectivities."—Dorinne Kondo, author of Crafting Selves

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Lisa Rofel is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520210790
Author:
Rofel, Lisa
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Socialism
Subject:
Women and socialism
Subject:
China History 1949-
Subject:
Women and socialism -- China -- Hangzhou -- Case studies.
Subject:
Women silk industry workers
Subject:
Women - China - Hangzhou Shi - Case studies
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 bandw illustrations, 2 maps
Pages:
321
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 1 lb

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