1st Edition

Gender and Generation in China Today

Edited By Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen Copyright 2022
    116 Pages
    by Routledge

    116 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines how gender and generational relations have been influenced by the vast changes in the Chinese society since the start of the Reform era in 1978. It offers a short introduction to China's recent development and the relationship between Chinese and Nordic gender research. Three articles in the book focus on how the developments in the Reform era have produced generational changes in feminist politics, in the labour market, and between young people and their parents – and what impacts these changes have for gender relations. Two articles investigate changes in middle-class motherhoods and fatherhoods towards more emphasis on intimacy and love between parents and child, but often in asynchronicity with traditional gender roles among the parents. In addition, the book comprises a review of a recent volume about transforming Chinese patriarchy, and an essay reflecting on what the implications for Nordic/Western gender studies of China’s increasing presence and influence globally as well as in the Nordic region could or should be.

    This book is a significant new contribution to gender studies and politics, and will be a great resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of Literature, History, Sociology, Politics, and Gender.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of NORA—Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research.

    Introduction: Gender and Generation in Times of Change in China

    Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen

    1. From "Non-governmental Organizing" to "Outer-system"—Feminism and Feminist Resistance in Post-2000 China

    Qi Wang

    2. Increasing Employment Precariousness in Post-socialist China: Everyone Equal in a World of Uncertainty?

    Sandra V. Constantin

    3. Filial Daughter? Filial Son? How China’s Young Urban Elite Negotiate Intergenerational Obligations

    Lisa Eklund

    4. Feeding Mothers’ Love: Stories of Breastfeeding and Mothering in Urban China

    Michala Hvidt Breengaard

    5. Chinese Fathers in the Twentieth Century: Changing Roles as Parents and as Men

    Xuan Li

    6. A New Generation of Sino-Nordic Gender Matters

    Cecilia Nathansen Milwertz

    7. Book Review: Transforming Chinese Patriarchy: Chinese Families in the Twenty-First Century

    Susanne Bregnbæk


    Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen is Professor at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo. She was the director of the centre 1993–2009. Her area of research is gender, age, generation, and social change. Her latest book is Feeling Gender: A Generational and Psychosocial Approach, published in 2017 as open access.