• Jiping Zuo
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


This chapter introduces the main themes of the book. It begins with the puzzle of the inconsistency between women’s near-equality in education and employment, and their growing domestic-role orientation in the era of post-Mao market reform (1978–present) in urban China. In seeking to solve this puzzle and to understand gender configuration and change in the post-Mao period, the author goes beyond cultural, familial, and labor-market dimensions to take into account the historical processes of state–family relations and the three-way interaction between the state, markets, and families that have shaped the varying work and family experiences of women of three cohorts (revolutionary, Mao, and post-Mao).


Family Conflict Chinese Woman Capitalist Production Urban Woman Domestic Responsibility 
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  • Jiping Zuo
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  1. 1.St. Cloud State UniversitySaint CloudUSA

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