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Reconceiving women's equality in China: A critical examination of models of sex equality


2002 2002

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The subordination of Chinese women continued under different models of sex equality in China in twentieth century. I will discuss and assess four models of women's equality: first, the traditional Confucian view of women which advocates that women's role is to follow and support men; second, the liberal feminist idea of formal equality for women introduced into China at the beginning of the twentieth century, which is anti-Confucianism and advocates women's equal rights in education, law, and employment; third, Mao's view of women's equality in production, calling for substantive equality between men and women; finally, the idea of equal opportunity in the economic transformation in the post-Mao period, the revival of Confucianism in this period and its convergence with the declining status of women.

Each of these models has a variety of problems in dealing with women's equality, which I will discuss in the following chapters. However, I see one common thread running through all of them, namely, lack of emphasis on empowering women to develop their own visions of equality. Ideologies imposed from the top-down have rationalized the continuing subordination and exploitation of women, either blatantly (Confucianism) or more subtly (Maoism). After exposing the common feature in their failure to reach the social ideal of women's equality, I will propose a more democratic conception of women's equality that will allow ideals to continue changing as material circumstances change in different stages of social development.

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Subject
Philosophy;
Womens studies;
History;
Social research
Classification
0422: Philosophy
0453: Womens studies
0332: History
0344: Social research
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; China; Equality; Feminism; Gender equality; Women's equality
Title
Reconceiving women's equality in China: A critical examination of models of sex equality
Author
Yuan, Lijun
Number of pages
209
Publication year
2002
Degree date
2002
School code
0051
Source
DAI-A 63/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493948584, 0493948589
Advisor
Jaggar, Alison M.
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3074817
ProQuest document ID
304788692
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304788692/abstract
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