Keeping the Nation's House

Keeping the Nation's House

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The term home economics often conjures images of sterile classrooms where girls learn to cook dinner and swaddle dolls, far removed from the seats of power. Helen Schneider unsettles this assumption by revealing how Chinese women helped to build a nation, one family at a time. From the 1920s to the early 1950s, home economists transformed the most fundamental of political spaces ii½ the home ii½ by teaching women to nurture ideal families and manage projects of social reform. Although their discipline came undone after 1949, it created a legacy of gendered professionalism and reinforced the idea that leaders should shape domestic rituals of the people.Domestic Management and the Making of Modern China Helen M. Schneider ... reflected on thirty-five years of female education in China, educator Yu Qingtang acknowledged that many early female educators had ... (tianzhi); as a result, women not only had the ability to a€œmanage the home and act as 86 Domestic Discipline.

Title:Keeping the Nation's House
Author: Helen M. Schneider
Publisher:UBC Press - 2011-03-01

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