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Women's Liberation In China During The Cold War

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This chapter talks about ideas of female liberation that appealed to the Westernizing elite, the aspiring urban middle classes and the female-dominated textile workforce. The study of women's liberation in China cannot be divorced from the study of the body. The study of the body in Asia and China will reinforce as well as challenge the main theoretical frameworks derived from research on Western bodies. Here another genre-Mao Zedong-Era fine art is also investigated. The field has seen the publication of definitive works, many influenced by Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu. This approaches the Chinese female body primarily using the framework of embodiment, though it also supports the arguments of social constructionists. The study of women's liberation on both sides of the Cold War divide calls for interdisciplinary analysis and global synthesis.

Keywords: Asia; China; Cold War; Mao Zedong-Era; Michel Foucault; Pierre Bourdieu; women's liberation



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