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INTIMATE POLITICS : MARRIAGE, THE MARKET, AND STATE POWER IN SOUTHEASTERN CHINA


By FRIEDMAN, SARA L.  (Author)
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Price : $49.95  $39.96
ISBN : 9780674021280  
Page : 344
Year of Publication : 2006    Edition : 1
Publisher : HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Subject : POLITICAL SCIENCE



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Description :

On a visit to eastern Hui’an in 1994, Sara Friedman was surprised to see a married woman reluctant to visit her conjugal home. The author would soon learn that this practice was typical of the area, along with distinctive female dress styles, gender divisions of labor, and powerful same-sex networks. These customs, she would learn, have long distinguished villages in this coastal region of southeastern China from other rural Han communities.


Intimate Politics 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. Government reform campaigns were part of a wholesale effort to remake Chinese society by replacing its "feudal" elements with liberated socialist ideals and practices. As state actors became involved in the intimate aspects of Huidong women’s lives, their official models of progress were challenged by the diversity of local practices and commitment of local residents. These politicized entanglements have generated what the author calls "intimate politics," a form of embodied struggle in which socialist civilizing agendas--from the state-sponsored reforms of the Maoist decades to the market-based "reform and opening" of the post-Mao era--have been formulated, contested, and, in some cases, transformed through the bodies and practices of local women.




Sara L. Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.



Content :

Table, Maps, and Figures
Note on Romanization and Transcription
Introduction: Intimate Politics

  • Part 1: "The Hui’an Woman" as Feudal Subject
  • Industrious Women and the Changing Meanings of Labor
  • Fashioning Liberated Socialist Subjects
  • Part II: Intimate Life in the Post-Mao Era
  • Marriage, Intimacy, and Late-Socialist State Power
  • The Ties That Bind
  • Stone-Carving Factories, Youth Culture. and the Lure of Consumption
  • Part III: The Production of Difference
  • Ethnicity in Drag: Mass Media, Tourism, and the Politics of Representation
  • Symbolic Citizenship in a Civilized Nation
Epilogue
Appendix: Propaganda Folk Songs and Protest Poetry
Notes
Works Cited
Character List
Index

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