SOC 280B - Gender & Chinese Society WOMEN AND CHINA'S LONG 20TH CENTURY Spring 2015 - TR 1:15-2:40pm CRN21989
At the end of the 19th Century, the “Woman Question” emerged in China. From that point forward, women’s position in society, their bodies, and their activities would be the subject of intense discussion by intellectuals, officials, reformers and revolutionaries. Women would also come to play a growing role in the processes transforming China from an empire into a modern nation state.
This course introduces the changes in Chinese women’s lives—and the changes in shared social ideas about what women should do and be—from the mid-19th century to the present, a time of profound social transformation on the Chinese mainland. Two central questions animate the course. First, when we foreground gender as a category of analysis, how do China’s social transformations look different? Second, in what ways are social change, revolution and economic development gendered processes?
This course is cross-listed with AAAS and meets the N (Social Science) general education requirement.