A Study Of Rural Economy In Yunnan

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December 31, 2011

 

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This book includes studies of the role of gender in land ownership and farm work (chap. 4), the distribution of wealth (chap. 6), marriage (chap. 7), family planning (chap. 8) and village politics (chap. 9). In all of these cases, Bossen carefully documents the historical trajectories of change in Lu Village that can be deduced from Fei's ethnography and from local records, as well as current configurations...
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She describes how these changes have affected village women, although at times the progress of gender equality seems stalled as when Bossen remarks "the gender division of labor in 1990 would not surprise a member of the 1938 community" (p. 145). Her demographic data also indicates a "suspicious sex ratio" heavily favouring male children that may (Bossen is frustratingly inconclusive here) be linked to the increasing use of ultrasound technology in prenatal examinations; in other words, sex selective abortion may have been an issue...
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