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Christianity, Femininity and Social Change in Contemporary China


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Li Ma
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  3. Li Ma
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  4. Li Ma
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  5. Li Ma
    Pages 41-55
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  17. Li Ma
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 203-205

About this book


Women make up the vast majority of Protestant Christians in China—a largely faceless majority, as their stories too often go untold in scholarly research as well as popular media. This book writes Protestant Chinese women into the history of twenty-first-century China. It features the oral histories of over a dozen women, highlighting themes of spiritual transformation, politicized culture, social mobility, urbanization, and family life. Each subject narrates not only her own story, but that of her mother, as well, revealing a deeply personal dimension to the dramatic social change that has occurred in a matter of decades. By uncovering the stories of Christian women in China, Li Ma offers a unique window onto the interactions between femininity and Christianity, and onto the socioeconomic upheavals that mark recent Chinese history.


Christianity in China Social change in China Chinese women Christian women Mother-Daughter relationships Chinese Communism Chinese politics global Christianity mission studies feminist psychology social mobility

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Calvin UniversityGrand RapidsUSA

About the authors

Li Ma is Research Fellow at the Henry Institute, Calvin University, USA. Her other books include Surviving the State, Remaking the Church; The Chinese Exodus; and Religious Entrepreneurism in China's Urban House Churches.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Christianity, Femininity and Social Change in Contemporary China
  • Authors Li Ma
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-31801-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-31804-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-31802-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 205
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Oral History
    History of China
    Social History
    Women's Studies
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“Femininity and Social Change in Contemporary China is a timely and welcome contribution. … this pioneering work surely will be of interest not only to those scholars in the fields of China studies, Chinese Christianity, World Christianity, and gender studies, but also to a more general readership. It should also inspire further and more in-depth documenting and exploring of the stories of a diversified variety of female Christians in contemporary China … .” (Zhixi Wang, Review of Religious Research, Vol. 62, 2020)