Bringing together the work of distinguished China historians, anthropologists, and literary and film scholars, Gender in Motion raises provocative questions about the diversity of gender practices during the late imperial society and the persistence and transformation of older gender ideologies under the conditions of modernity in China. While several studies have investigated gender or labor in late imperial and twentieth century China, this book brings these two concepts together, asking how these two categories interacted and produced new social practices and theories. Individual chapters examine agricultural and urban work, travel within China, overseas study, polyandry, the acting profession, courtesan culture, female politicians, Maoist work culture, and the boundaries of virtue and respectability.
Bryna Goodman is associate professor of history at the University of Oregon. Wendy Larson is professor of East Asian languages and literatures at the University of Oregon.
Introduction: Axes of Gender: Divisions of Labor and Spatial Separation Part I: Patterns of Mobility Chapter 1: Making Sex Work: Polyandry as a Survival Strategy in Qing Dynasty China Chapter 2: The Virtue of Travel for Women in the Late Empire Chapter 3: Gender on Stage: Actresses in an Actors' World (1895-1930) Chapter 4: Women on the Move: Women's Kinship, Residence, and Networks in Rural Shandong Part II: Spatial Transformations Chapter 5: Between Nei and Wai: Chinese Women Students in Japan in the Early Twentieth Century Chapter 6: Playing with the Public: Late Qing Courtesans and Their Opera Singer Lovers Chapter 7: Unofficial History and Gender Boundary Crossing in the Early Chinese Republic: Shen Peizhen and Xiaofengxian Chapter 8: Gender and Maoist Urban Reorganization Chapter 9: He Yi's The Postman: The Workspace of a New Age Maoist Part III: Boundaries Chapter 10: Women's Work and the Economics of Respectability Chapter 11: The Vocational Woman and the Elusiveness of "Personhood" in Early Republican China Chapter 12: Women's Work and Boundary Transgression in Wang Dulu's Popular Novels Chapter 13: Virtue at Work: Rural Shaanxi Women Remember the 1950s