Footbinding and Women's Labor in Sichuan (Routledge by Hill Gates

By Hill Gates

When chinese language girls sure their daughters’ ft, many effects ensued, a few past the mind's eye of the binders and the certain. the obvious of those outcomes used to be to provoke upon a small child’s physique and brain that women differed from boys, hence reproducing gender hierarchy. what's now not noticeable is why chinese language society must have developed this sort of radical approach to gender-marking. Gendering isn't really easily instruction for copy, quite its fundamental importance lies in getting ready teenagers for his or her areas within the department of work of a specific political financial system.

Drawing on wide fieldwork and interviews with virtually 5,000 ladies, this ebook examines footbinding as Sichuan ladies commit it to memory from the ultimate years of the empire and the instances ahead of the 1949 revolution. It specializes in key questions: what encouraged mom and dad to take care of this tradition, and the way major was once women’ paintings in China’s ultimate pre-industrial century? In answering those questions, Hill Gates exhibits how footbinding used to be a kind of work self-discipline within the first half the 20 th century in China, while it was once a key establishment in a now much-altered political economic climate. Countering the generally held perspectives surrounding the sexual reputation of certain toes to chinese language males, footbinding as an ethnic boundary marker, its position in lady hypergamy, and its connection to kingdom imperatives, this e-book as a substitute provides a compelling argument that footbinding was once in truth an important technique of disciplining of little women to lives of early and unremitting labor.

This bright and engaging learn should be of big curiosity to scholars and students operating throughout quite a lot of fields together with chinese language background, oral historical past, anthropology and gender reviews.

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