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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century China

ISBN 9780230577763
Publication Date October 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Gender and History

Paul J. Bailey provides the first analytical study in English of Chinese women's experiences during China's turbulent twentieth century. Incorporating the very latest specialized research, and drawing upon Chinese cinema and autobiographical memoirs, this fascinating narrative account:

• explores the impact of political, social and cultural change on women's lives, and how Chinese women responded to such developments
• charts the evolution of gender discourses during this period
• illuminates both change and continuity in gender discourse and practice.

Approachable and authoritative, this is an essential overview for students, teachers and scholars of gender history, and anyone with an interest in modern Chinese history.

PAUL BAILEY is professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of Durham, UK. He previously taught at Lingnan College, Hong Kong, and the University of Edinburgh, UK. His previous publications include Gender and Education in China (2007) and China in the Twentieth Century (2001).

Women in Pre-Twentieth-Century China
Reform, Nationalism and the 'Woman Question', 1897-1912
Gender Discourses in the Early Republic
'A World Turned Upside Down': Mobilising Women for the Revolution
Women in the City and Countryside before 1949
The New Communist State and Marriage Reform: 'Public Patriarchy' in Practice?
'Women Hold Up Half the Sky': The Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution
Women and Socioeconomic Change in the Post-Mao Era


Bailey draws on, and synthesizes, a wealth of scholarship produced on gender in modern China over the last few decades. Easy to read and full of very interesting examples, this is an accessible and informative text.' - Emily Honig, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
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