Women Judges in Contemporary China

Gender, Judging and Living

  • Anqi Shen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 223-231

About this book


This study provides an up-to-date empirical account of Chinese female judges within the context of the Chinese legal system and wider society, revealing a deeper understanding of women in contemporary China. Shen explores the gendered nature of judging in post-Mao China by examining: who female judges are, what they do, and their position in relation to their profession. She goes on to argue for true representation of women in the judiciary, including their contributions in judging, and the importance of judicial diversity. The book examines the place held by female judges at home and women's place in society as a whole, and investigates gender equality, women's agencies, emancipation, and empowerment in the contemporary China.

Based on data resulting from original research, this book provides a much-needed contribution to contemporary women's studies. Addressing a broad range of issues surrounding gender and justice in the Chinese judicial system, this engaging study will be of special interest to scholars and activists involved with judicial diversity, gender politics, and gender equality.


Gender studies Asia China Transitional society Judges Courts Criminology Criminal Justice Socio-legal studies Law Empirical data

Authors and affiliations

  • Anqi Shen
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  1. 1.Teesside University MiddlesboroughUnited Kingdom

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