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Merchants' Daughters -- Women, Commerce, and Regional Culture in South China
作者 Helen F. Siu
出版社 Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 9789888083480
分類 Social Science > Anthropology
價格 HK$195.00
 
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Historians and anthropologists have long been interested in South China where powerful lineages and gendered hierarchies are juxtaposed with unorthodox trading cultures, multi-ethnic colonial encounters, and market-driven consumption. The divergent paths taken by women in Hong Kong and Guangdong during thirty years of Maoist closure, and the post-reform cross-border fluidities have also gained analytical attention. This collection provides further theoretical application of a "regional construct" that appreciates process, transcends definitive powers of administrative borders, and brings out nuanced gender notions. An interdisciplinary team uses fine-grained historical and ethnographic materials to map out three crucial historical junctures in the evolution of South China, from late imperial to contemporary periods, that have significantly shaped the construction of gendered space. Stressing process and human agency, the volume uses women’s experiences to challenge dichotomous analytical perspectives on lineage patriarchy, colonial institutions, power, and social activism.

For scholars of modern Hong Kong society, Merchants' Daughters refocuses attention to cultural dynamics in the South China region of which Hong Kong is an integral part. For audiences generally interested in gender issues, this book illuminates the analytical importance of long historical periods in which layers of social, political, and economic activities intersected to constitute the complicated positioning of women.


About the Editor:

Helen F. Siu is a professor of anthropology at Yale University and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.


"Merchants' Daughters turns conventional scholarship on its head by asking whether lineages, Confucian morality, and the cultural orientation of merchant families might have provided an unusual space for women's action in South China from the late Qing to the present. It paints an extraordinarily complex portrait of women's maneuvering among multiple layers of social life, from the local to the transnational."

— Susan Brownell, University of Missouri


Acknowledgments
Contributors

Introduction — Helen F. Siu and Wing-hoi Chan

Part I. Cultural Spaces between State-Making and Kinship
1. Women's Images Reconstructed: The Sisters-in-Law Tomb and Its Legend — Liu Zhiwei
2. Images of Mother: The Place of Women in South China — David Faure
3. "What Alternative Do You Have, Sixth Aunt?" —Women and Marriage in Cantonese Ballads — May-bo Ching
4. Women's Work and Women's Food in Lineage Land — Wing-hoi Chan

Part II. Agency in Emigrant, Colonial, and Mercantile Societies
5. Stepping out? Women in the Chaoshan Emigrant Communities, 1850–1950 — Chi-cheung Choi
6. Abandoned into Prosperity: Women on the Fringe of Expatriate Society — Carl T. Smith
7. The Eurasian Way of Being a Chinese Woman: Lady Clara Ho Tung and Buddhism in Prewar Hong Kong — Josephine Lai-kuen Wong

Part III. Work and Activism in a Gendered Age
8. Women of Influence: Gendered Charisma — Helen F. Siu
9. Women Workers in Hong Kong, 1960s–1990s: Voices, Meanings, and Structural Constraints — Po-king Choi
10. Half the Sky: Mobility and Late Socialist Reflections — Yan Lijun, with Yang Meijian and Taotao Zhang
11. Fantasies of "Chinese-ness" and the Traffic in Women from Mainland China to Hong Kong in Fruit Chan's Durian Durian — Pheng Cheah

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index


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