City of Working Women

City of Working Women

Life, Space, and Social Control in Early Twentieth-Century Beijing (CRM 64)

Weikun Cheng

Publication date: 2011
ISBN-13 (print): 978-1-55729-098-4
ISBN-10 (print): 1-55729-098-9
ISBN-13 (e-book): 978-1-55729-153-0

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Situating laboring-class women in the larger context of the political liberalization and the profound social and economic transformations in late-Qing and early Republican Beijing, this book presents a nuanced picture of women's potentials and possibilities, and their dangers and anxieties, in a rapidly changing city. The work is a major contribution to feminist scholarship, balancing two approaches: treating women as agents and using gender as an analytical category.

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Situating laboring-class women in the larger context of the political liberalization and the profound social and economic transformations in late Qing and early Republican Beijing, this book presents a nuanced picture of women's potentials and possibilities, and their dangers and anxieties, in a rapidly changing city. The work is a major contribution to feminist scholarship, balancing two approaches: treating women as agents and using gender as an analytical category. Its focus on lower-class women's use of urban public space opens a new dimension in the study of modern Chinese cities. The volume contains solid research based on a variety of original sources, including local archives, newspapers and magazines, memoirs, social surveys, and interviews.

Pages: 277
Language: English
Publisher: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
OCLC: 701242163

Weikun Cheng

Professor Cheng studied under Bill Rowe and received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1995. He taught at California State University, Chico, where a unanimous vote approved his promotion to full professor a month before he died in an accident in 2007.

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
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City of Working Women

Preface – vii

Introduction – 1

1. Women in the City – 21
2. Livelihood – 48
3. Neighborhood – 73
4. Leisure – 98
5. Actresses – 134
6. Prostitutes – 165
7. Policing Women – 197

Conclusion – 231

Bibliography – 238
Index – 259

JOURNAL REVIEWS

"[Cheng's] empirical work is exquisitely nuanced in the multi-layered dimensions of its examination of working women’s living and working spaces....[T]his book complements our understanding of Chinese women’s history and provides new insights into life in Beijing during a period of rapid social and political change." ~Zhang Yun, University of Hong Kong, in The China Journal