The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Collective Past

The Gender of Memory Rural Women and China s Collective Past What can we learn about the Chinese revolution by placing a doubly marginalized group rural women at the center of the inquiry In this book Gail Hershatter explores changes in the lives of seventy tw

  • Title: The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Collective Past
  • Author: Gail Hershatter
  • ISBN: 9780520267701
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What can we learn about the Chinese revolution by placing a doubly marginalized group rural women at the center of the inquiry In this book, Gail Hershatter explores changes in the lives of seventy two elderly women in rural Shaanxi province during the revolutionary decades of the 1950s and 1960s Interweaving these women s life histories with insightful analysis, HershatWhat can we learn about the Chinese revolution by placing a doubly marginalized group rural women at the center of the inquiry In this book, Gail Hershatter explores changes in the lives of seventy two elderly women in rural Shaanxi province during the revolutionary decades of the 1950s and 1960s Interweaving these women s life histories with insightful analysis, Hershatter shows how Party state policy became local and personal, and how it affected women s agricultural work, domestic routines, activism, marriage, childbirth, and parenting even their notions of virtue and respectability The women narrate their pasts from the vantage point of the present and highlight their enduring virtues, important achievements, and most deeply harbored grievances In showing what memories can tell us about gender as an axis of power, difference, and collectivity in 1950s rural China and the present, Hershatter powerfully examines the nature of socialism and how gender figured in its creation.

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    1. This volume was based on a series of interviews conducted by Gail Hershatter and Gao Xiaoxian (高小贤) with over a hundred Chinese women from Shaanxi province about their experiences before 1949 and the vast social reforms which came after.Incredibly, the book does even more than the title suggests. The authors, of course, learn much about how these Chinese women remember historical events - as 'the time we made furnaces in the backyard' or 'the time we ate in canteens' instead of the names o [...]

    2. While reading Hershatter’s oral history, I keep thinking about what I have done for my family.I once wrote the oral history of my mum. This is the only enjoyable homework I have done for this kind of course called Marxist theory with Chinese Characteristics in my graduate school. We have learnt this course since junior high school. After writing the oral history, I shared this piece with all the relatives of my mother’s side. They all encouraged me to do another one for my grandfather and gr [...]

    3. An awesome anthropological study by a historian. A wonderful piece of interdisciplinary work. A must read for those interested in Chinese revolution.The writing is so eloquent and she skillfully juxtaposes long narratives of rural women's with her analysis. it's pretty much like Sima Qian's style: story and then the historian says. But it's done is a much more sophisticated way so that you can both empathize with these women and keep a critical distance with them at the same time.A masterpiece!

    4. Excellent book. Gail Hershatter interviews dozes of elderly Chinese women in one province about their experiences in the 1950s under communist rule. Hershatter believes that women, esp. rural women, played a much larger role in the PRC's attempted reforms than most historians realize. By collecting these stories, Hershatter critiques official state narratives and expands our understanding of Chinese communism beyond the cities to the countryside. She also preserves these stories for the future. [...]

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