Distinctive female dress styles, gender divisions of labor, and powerful same-sex networks have long distinguished villages in this coastal region of southeastern China from other rural Han communities. qIntimate Politicsq explores these practices that have constituted eastern Hui'an residents, women in particular, as an anomaly among rural Han. This book asks what such practices have come to mean in a post-1949 socialist order that has incorporated forms of marriage, labor, and dress into a developmental scale extending from the primitive to the civilized.Plots initially remained in the hands of their original owners, and each household reaped the harvest from its own fields. In 1954 ... collectivization also spread to the forms of heavy manual labor and construction work performed by women. ... on irrigation and construction projects (see Davin, 1979:138; Diamant, 2000:251; Huang, 1989:62, 66; Huang, 1992:88; Ruf, 1998:103-105; Thornborg, 1978:586).
|Publisher||:||Harvard Univ Council on East Asian - 2006|