This book looks at the urban migration of rural women in contemporary China. Based on substantial ethnographic research with rural migrant women and returnees in both sending villages and receiving cities, the book explores the dynamics and vicissitudes of rural women's work and domesticity, their negotiation of gender relations and identities, their bargains with patriarchy and their transformations in the gendered migration process. It goes on to look at how patriarchy and global capital work hand in hand in exploiting women at work and domestic space, and how women's bargaining and resistances against such exploitations.
Table of contents:
Introduction: Living between tradition and modernity - Chinese rural women in the global market 1. Guanxi and Women's Rural-urban Migration in Contemporary China 2. Bargaining against patriarchy - the `inside' and `outside' spheres of rural migrant women in contemporary China 3. Performing identities 4. Negotiating marriage and motherhood in migration 5. Women migrant returnees in contemporary China 6. Transformation - the `new generation' migrant women in China 7. Conclusion
Nana Zhang teaches in the Department of Sociology at University of Warwick, UK.