Chinese Women - Living and Working

By Anne McLaren

© 2003 – Routledge

208 pages

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Paperback: 9780415406185
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About the Book

This book presents significant new findings on new domains of employment for women in China's burgeoning market economy of the 1990s and the twenty-first century. Experts in gender, politics, media studies, and anthropology discuss the impact of economic reform and globalization on Chinese women in family businesses, management, the professions, the prostitution industry and domestic service. Significant themes include changing marriage and consumer aspirations and the reinvention of domestic space. The volume offers fresh insights into changing definitions of 'women's work' in contemporary China and questions women's perceived 'disadvantage' in the market economy.


'With contributions from both established and rising China scholars, this impressive collection places Chinese women in comparative perspective, links domestic disagreements over women's issues to international debates, and effectively relates women's present context to China's past.' - China Information

'Based on imaginative and insightful fieldwork investigations combined with sensitive and knowledgeable analyses, the book provides a nuanced exploration of women's lives, work and gender relations in contemporary China. It both builds on and extends the previous literature and debates on women in China and in cross-cultural women's and gender studies.' - The China Journal

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: 'New' Domains in the Chinese Market Economy Part 2: Women in the Professions Part 3: Reinventing Domestic Space

About the Author

Anne E. McLaren is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese literature, language and cultural studies at the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies, University of Melbourne. She has published extensively in the popular culture of late imperial China, women's performance narratives, gender studies and Chinese marriage systems.

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies