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Gender, Sexuality and Power in Chinese Companies: Beauties at Work – Gender, Development and Social Change (Paperback)

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This book offers the first ethnographic account of the experiences of highly educated young professional women, hailed by the Chinese media as ‘white-collar beauties’. It exposes the organizational mechanisms – naturalization, objectification and commodification of women – that wield gendered and sexual control in post-Mao workplaces. Whilst men benefit from symbolic and bureaucratic power, women professionals skilfully enact indirect power in a game of domination and resistance. The sources of women’s subversion are grounded in their only-child upbringing which breaks the patrilineal base of familial patriarchy fostering an unprecedented ambition in personal development, gender as inherently relational and a role-oriented system, and inner-outer cultural boundaries as signifiers of moral agency. This raises a new feminist inquiry about the agents for social change. Through a nuanced analysis grounded in the socio-cultural locality, this book throws fresh light upon the ways in which gender, sexuality and power could be theorized beyond a Euro-American reality.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349700691
Number of pages: 158
Weight: 233 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2017

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  1. Rebekah Goldman
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    Gender, Sexuality and Power in Chinese Companies: Beauties at Work – Gender, Development and Social Change is an intriguing and educating book to read overall. Recommend this to all academics :)

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