Gender, Sexuality and Power in Chinese Companies: Beauties by Liu Jieyu

By Liu Jieyu

This ebook bargains the 1st ethnographic account of the stories of hugely knowledgeable younger specialist girls, hailed via the chinese language media as ‘white-collar beauties’. It exposes the organizational mechanisms – naturalization, objectification and commodification of girls – that wield gendered and sexual keep an eye on in post-Mao offices. while males take advantage of symbolic and bureaucratic strength, ladies pros skilfully enact oblique strength in a video game of domination and resistance. The assets of women’s subversion are grounded of their only-child upbringing which breaks the patrilineal base of familial patriarchy fostering an extraordinary ambition in own improvement, gender as inherently relational and a role-oriented process, and inner-outer cultural obstacles as signifiers of ethical business enterprise. This increases a brand new feminist inquiry in regards to the brokers for social swap. via a nuanced research grounded within the socio-cultural locality, this e-book throws clean mild upon the ways that gender, sexuality and tool should be theorized past a Euro-American reality.

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Once at a post-lunch gathering, when several women assistants and junior men were discussing their plans regarding marriage and childbirth, one male graduate pointed at me saying ‘be careful what you are saying, she is going to post our picture matching our words in her book’. 9 Indeed, during private interviews with junior sales managers, despite constant reassurances, there was a general worry that I would leak their private thoughts to senior management. As an aside, it is noteworthy that my experience raises questions around the regulation and ethical mode of conduct in research adopted by Western research councils.

It is therefore important to understand sexual pleasure locally and how it is situated in the graded hierarchy of values within the local sociality. 44 J. LIU Second, the lack of publically asserted sexual pleasure should not be used as a measure of women’s powerlessness. In Chinese medicine and culture, there is not the same association between sex and sin as found in Judaeo-Christian traditions, and sex is seen as an aspect of nature (Mann 2011). The concealment of women in pre-modern China was not to discourage women from having sex but instead to reserve the beneficial sexual essence of women and to enhance the health of men.

China’s one-child policy: The economic choices and consequences faced by pregnant women. Social Science and Medicine, 52(5), 745–761. Einhorn, B. (1993) Cinderella Goes to Market: Citizenship, Gender and Women’s Movements in East Central Europe. London and New York: Verso. BECOMING ‘WHITE-COLLAR BEAUTIES’ IN URBAN CHINA 29 Einhorn, B. (2006) Citizenship in an Enlarging Europe: From Dream to Awakening. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Fong, V. L. (2004). Only hope: Coming of age under China’s one-child policy.

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