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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women #23: Chinese Women Organizing: Cadres, Feminists, Muslims, Queersby Ping-chun Hsiung
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In the process of helping women to help themselves, female activists have assumed a decisive role in negotiating social and political transformations in Chinese society. This is the first book that describes and analyzes the new phase of women's organizing in China, which started in the 1980s, and remains a vital force to the present day. The political and social changes taking place in contemporary Chinese society have, surprisingly, received scant attention. This volume enriches our understanding of the working of grassroots democracy in China by exploring women's popular organizing activities and their interaction with party-state institutions. By subjecting these activities to both empirical enquiry and theoretical scrutiny, a rigorous analysis of the exchange, dialogue, negotiation and transformation among and within three groups of political actors - popular women's groups, religious groups and the All China Women's Federation - is concisely presented to the reader.
This book will be of tremendous interest to students of Chinese Studies, Political Science and Gender Studies alike.
Book News Annotation:
The period of reform under Deng Xioaping's government in China opened up some space for women's organizing activities that have expanded since its beginnings in 1978. Eleven chapters attempt to analyze this phenomenon and explain how grass roots women's organizations impacted the state and the society as a whole. Among the topics featured are the importation of Western concepts of feminism and queer rights to China, women's organizations' relationships to the Chinese diaspora, the growth of NGOs, and case studies of two organizations. Also included in the volume are transcripts of some related conversations stemming from the July 1999 Oxford U. workshop that served as the basis for this work.
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About the Author
Edited by Ping-Chun Hsiung, Associate Professor, University of Toronto and Maria Jaschok, Research Associate, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, University of Oxford Cecilia Milwertz Research Fellow, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.
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