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Gail Hershatter | Collectivizing Kinship: Rural China’s Women in the 1950s

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China's Cultural Revolution produced some surprising results about the gendered and political roles of women in rural China.

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Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Collectivizing Kinship: Rural China's Women in the 1950s

In the first several decades of the People’s Republic of China, ambitious state initiatives worked to reshape everything about rural communities. State authorities created powerful new gendered roles for rural women, mostly in the realm of collective labor and political action. Drawing from research in Shaanxi province, Gail Hershatter explores the sometimes surprising interactions between Woman as socialist icon and the gendered everyday of family and community life. A historian of Modern China, Hershatter was among the first Western scholars to conduct extended research in China following the end of the Cultural Revolution.

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Fee and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please email us. More information: http://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/hershatter

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