Chinese Women Organizing by Ping-Chun Hsiung, Maria Jaschok, Cecilia Milwert

By Ping-Chun Hsiung, Maria Jaschok, Cecilia Milwert

Within the means of assisting girls to aid themselves, girl activists have assumed a decisive position in negotiating social and political alterations in chinese language society. this is often the 1st booklet that describes and analyzes the recent part of women's organizing in China, which all started within the Nineteen Eighties, and is still an essential strength to the current day. The political and social adjustments occurring in modern chinese language society have, unusually, got scant cognizance. This quantity enriches our figuring out of the operating of grassroots democracy in China through exploring women's renowned organizing actions and their interplay with party-state associations. by way of subjecting those actions to either empirical enquiry and theoretical scrutiny, a rigorous research of the trade, discussion, negotiation and transformation between and inside of 3 teams of political actors – well known women's teams, spiritual teams and the All China Women's Federation – is concisely awarded to the reader.This ebook could be of great curiosity to scholars of chinese language experiences, Political technology and Gender stories alike.

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The organizing activities addressed in this volume have emerged in the post-Mao period of economic reform and of China’s so-called opening to the outside world that were initiated under Deng Xiaoping’s government in 1978. 1 From the late 1970s and early 1980s onwards, the political leadership relaxed its control of the political sphere, thus allowing for the development of a wide range of (more or less controlled) activities in the sphere that has been theorized as civil society (White, Howell and Shang 1996) and public space (Yang 1999).

What these activities, institutions and forms of association invariably had in common was an entry into new public spaces or domains, and research focused on the conditions that made for or contributed to female cooperation and consciousness as women came to constitute a significant, separate and social category of economic and political import with interests different from, or at least potentially different from those of the men of their households and communities. Cross-cultural research had drawn attention to the disadvantageous effects of female dispersal and domestic isolation, which seemed to be a major factor inhibiting the collective definition of women’s needs and furthering their common interests (Bujra and Caplan 1978).

Together they are involved in the ‘cognitive praxis’ of creating social change – a collective process of producing new forms of knowledge and practice. The ‘cognitive praxis’ defined by sociologists Ron Eyerman and Andrew Jamison (1991, 1998) in their studies of social movements focuses on what activists think, why they think the way they do, and how they proceed to action. Eyerman and Jamison define social movement as ‘a cognitive territory, a new conceptual space that is filled by dynamic interaction between different groups and organizations’ (1991: 55).

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