Marriage, Law and Gender in Revolutionary China, 1940-1960 - pr_36394

Marriage, Law and Gender in Revolutionary China, 1940-1960

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Xiaoping Cong examines the social and cultural significance of Chinese revolutionary legal practice in the construction of marriage and gender relations. Her book is an empirically rich investigation of the ways in which a 1943 legal dispute over an arranged marriage in a Chinese village became a legal, political and cultural exemplar on the national stage. This conceptually groundbreaking study revisits the Chinese Revolution and its impact on women and society by presenting a Chinese experience that cannot and should not be theorized in the framework of Western discourse. Taking a cultural-historical perspective, Cong shows how the Chinese Revolution and its legal practices produced new discourses, neologisms and cultural symbols that contained China's experience in twentieth-century social movements, and how revolutionary practice was sublimated into the concept of 'self-determination', an idea that bridged local experiences with the tendency of the twentieth-century world, and that is a revolutionary legacy for China today.

Product code: 9781316602614

ISBN 9781316602614
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. Of Pages 345
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW153xS20
Series Cambridge Studies in the History of the People's Republic of China
In this empirically rich exploration of the social and cultural significance of Chinese communist legal practice in constructing marriage and gender relations in the turbulent period from 1940 to 1960, Xiaoping Cong interrogates the development of the revolutionary principle of 'self-determination' in the choice of marriage partner.