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The Resource Footbinding and women's labor in Sichuan, Hill Gates

Footbinding and women's labor in Sichuan, Hill Gates

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Footbinding and women's labor in Sichuan
Title
Footbinding and women's labor in Sichuan
Statement of responsibility
Hill Gates
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"When Chinese women bound their daughters' feet, many consequences ensued, some beyond the imagination of the binders and the bound. The most obvious of these consequences was to impress upon a small child's body and mind that girls differed from boys, thus reproducing gender hierarchy. What is not obvious is why Chinese society should have evolved such a radical method of gender-marking. Gendering is not simply preparation for reproduction, rather its primary significance lies in preparing children for their places in the division of labor of a particular political economy. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with almost 5,000 women, this book examines footbinding as Sichuan women remember it from the final years of the empire and the troubled times before the 1949 revolution. It focuses on two key questions: what motivated parents to maintain this custom, and how significant was girls' work in China's final pre-industrial century? In answering these questions, Hill Gates shows how footbinding was a form of labor discipline in the first half of the twentieth century in China, when it was a key institution in a now much-altered political economy. Countering the widely held views surrounding the sexual attractiveness of bound feet to Chinese men, footbinding as an ethnic boundary marker, its role in female hypergamy, and its connection to state imperatives, this book instead presents a compelling argument that footbinding was in fact a crucial means of disciplining of little girls to lives of early and unremitting labor. This vivid and fascinating study will be of huge interest to students and scholars working across a wide range of fields including Chinese history, oral history, anthropology and gender studies"--
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Gates, Hill
Dewey number
391.20951/38
Index
index present
LC call number
GT498.F66
LC item number
G37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Routledge contemporary China series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Footbinding
  • Girls
  • Women
  • Women
  • Sichuan Sheng (China)
  • Sichuan Sheng (China)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Customs & Traditions
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
  • Economic history
  • Footbinding
  • Girls
  • Social history
  • Women
  • Women
  • China
  • Fuß
  • Frau
  • Schönheitsideal
  • Sitte
  • Arbeit
  • China
  • Sichuan
Label
Footbinding and women's labor in Sichuan, Hill Gates
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Footbinding in Sichuan, 1854-1954 -- Patchworking Sichuan women's history across 100 years -- Erotic attraction vs. mothers-in-law, state mandates, and early unbinding -- Structure, hypergamy, and footbinding -- The life course -- Girls and hidden work -- Light labor: textiles and footbinding -- Hypergendering -- Appendix
Control code
759915379
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 238 pages
Isbn
9780415525923
Lccn
2014023955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)759915379
Label
Footbinding and women's labor in Sichuan, Hill Gates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Footbinding in Sichuan, 1854-1954 -- Patchworking Sichuan women's history across 100 years -- Erotic attraction vs. mothers-in-law, state mandates, and early unbinding -- Structure, hypergamy, and footbinding -- The life course -- Girls and hidden work -- Light labor: textiles and footbinding -- Hypergendering -- Appendix
Control code
759915379
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 238 pages
Isbn
9780415525923
Lccn
2014023955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)759915379

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