Author Archives: musing anthropology

Modernity and China

The concept of modernity has played a central role in the shaping of contemporary China.  At the start of the Republican era China engaged the modern and began the process of national formation. The subsequent Communist Revolution and Mao period witnessed a broad based modernist experiment in social engineering and communism, which carried China through […]

Negotiating Gender in Modern China, Western Feminism and Tradition in China

Since the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China the conditions for women have improved in material, legal and social terms.    Legal and social advances for women began with a marriage law in 1950, which put an end to such traditional practices as arranged marriage, polygamy, the sale of daughters, childhood betrothal and concubinage, while […]