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Finding Women in the State : A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People's Republic of China 1949-1964

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Finding Women in the State is a provocative hidden history of socialist state feminists maneuvering behind the scenes at the core of the Chinese Communist Party. They worked to advance gender and class equality in the early People’s Republic and fought to transform sexist norms and practices, all while facing fierce opposition from a male-dominated CCP leadership from the Party Central to the local government. Wang Zheng extends this investigation to the cultural realm, showing how feminists within China’s film industry were working to actively create new cinematic heroines, and how they continued a New Culture anti-patriarchy heritage in socialist film production. This book not only illuminates the different visions of revolutionary transformation, but also the dense entanglements among those in the top echelon of the party. Wang not only discusses the causes for failure of China’s socialist revolution, but she also raises fundamental questions about male dominance in social movements and political revolutions that aim to pursue social justice and equality. This is the first book engendering the PRC high politics, and has important theoretical and methodological implications for scholars and students working in gender studies as well China studies.
Number of Pages: 380
Genre: History, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Women, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Wang Zheng
Language: English
Street Date: November 1, 2016
TCIN: 52021994
UPC: 9780520292284
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-6169
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