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Title: The politics of patriarchal bargaining in a Chinese village
Authors: Dr. CHEUNG Siu-Keung 
Keywords: Rural women -- China -- Hong Kong
Women and democracy -- China -- Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Hong Kong: Centre for Qualitative Social Research, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Journal: Global Asia Journal 
Series/Report no.: Social and Cultural Research;Occasional Paper No. 9
Abstract: This paper focuses on the changing status of women in a village community in the colonial and post-colonial New Territories of Hong Kong SAR, China. It argues that village women are active agents in reclaiming their personal autonomy and play a proactive role in influencing the socio-political order of rural society. In particular, this study demonstrates how village women individually and collectively engaged the patriarchal rule in dealing with the Chinese lineage organizations in the New Territories. It asserts that women's domestic existence is never a wholly domesticated one but instead it contains significant elements of self-articulation and self-empowerment. The continuity of patriarchal rule in the New Territories fails to constitute any moral and philosophical leadership (i.e., hegemony) with active consent from the people. Chinese village women often succeeded in claiming their own rights and defending their interests within the patriarchal system.
Description: .SYU 305.42095125 CHE 2009
56 pages
Type: Working Paper
ISSN: 1996-6784
Appears in Collections:Sociology - Publication

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