Reconceiving Women's Equality in China

Reconceiving Women's Equality in China : A Critical Examination of Models of Sex Equality

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According to the author, the subordination of Chinese women continued under different models of sex equality in China in the twentieth century. In Reconceiving Women's Equality in China Lijun Yuan discusses and assesses four models of women's equality. After exposing the common feature of their failure to reach the social ideal of women's equality, the author proposes 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 146 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739110055
  • 9780739110058

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This little book is likely to have a big impact. It is both an extraordinarily sound, well-researched historical analysis of women's equality in China during the last 150 years and a philosophic examination of the paradigms used to support (or suppress) women's progress-making intelligent use of sources from both Chinese and international feminist theory. Lijun Yuan's conclusions, drawing on traditional, modern, and western sources to develop a paradigm of democratic equality for women, will be of value for both those interested in women's situation and future in China and those who simply want to enlarge their grasp of feminist analysis. An important contribution to the literature! -- Marjorie C. Miller, professor of philosophy, women's studies, and Asian studies, Purchase College-SUNY
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About Lijun Yuan

Lijun Yuan is professor of philosophy at Texas State University-San Marcos.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Confucius, Confucianism, and the Confucian Rationale for Women's Inequality Chapter 2 May Fourth Era and Women's Formal Equality Chapter 3 Women's Equality in Mao's Time Chapter 4 Equal Opportunity in the Post-Mao Period Chapter 5 A Democratic Conception of Women's Equality
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