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Technology and Gender : Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (97 Edition)

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In this feminist history of eight centuries of private life in China, Francesca Bray inserts women into the history of technology and adds technology to the history of women. Bray takes issue with the Orientalist image that traditional Chinese women were imprisoned in the inner quarters, deprived of freedom and dignity, and so physically and morally deformed by footbinding and the tyrannies of patriarchy that they were incapable of productive work. She proposes a concept of gynotechnics, a set of everyday technologies that define women's roles, as a creative new way to explore how societies translate moral and social principles into a web of material forms and bodily practices.

Bray examines three different aspects of domestic life in China, tracing their developments from 1000 to 1800 A.D. She begins with the shell of domesticity, the house, focusing on how domestic space embodied hierarchies of gender. She follows the shift in the textile industry from domestic production to commercial production. Despite increasing emphasis on women's reproductive roles, she argues, this cannot be reduced to childbearing. Female hierarchies within the family reinforced the power of wives, whose responsibilities included ritual activities and financial management as well as the education of children.

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"This elegant book embeds questions about gender in the history of material life, revealing still more of China's rich historical record on gender relations."and#151;Susan Mann, author of Local Merchants and the Chinese Bureaucracy, 1750-1950

"Francesca Bray is exactly the kind of sinologist needed by cultural and social historians working throughout the world. Her book is both ambitious and accessible, making creative and discriminating use of cross-cultural comparison and social theory yet maintaining a sharp focus on concrete detail. For anyone interested in the history of everyday life or the history of material cuture, this is the book on China to read."and#151;Peter Burke, author of Historical and Social Theory

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 387-409) and index.

About the Author

Francesca Bray is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of The Rice Economies: Technology and Development in Asian Societies (California, 1994).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520208612
Author:
Bray, Francesca
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
China
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
China Social conditions 1644-1912.
Subject:
Women -- China -- Social conditions.
Subject:
China Social conditions 960-1644.
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
19970731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28
Pages:
444
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.06 lb

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » General
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"This elegant book embeds questions about gender in the history of material life, revealing still more of China's rich historical record on gender relations."and#151;Susan Mann, author of Local Merchants and the Chinese Bureaucracy, 1750-1950

"Francesca Bray is exactly the kind of sinologist needed by cultural and social historians working throughout the world. Her book is both ambitious and accessible, making creative and discriminating use of cross-cultural comparison and social theory yet maintaining a sharp focus on concrete detail. For anyone interested in the history of everyday life or the history of material cuture, this is the book on China to read."and#151;Peter Burke, author of Historical and Social Theory

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