By Lisa Rofel

In this research of 3 generations of girls in a chinese language silk manufacturing unit, Lisa Rofel brilliantly interweaves the intimate info of her observations with a broad-ranging critique of the which means of modernity in a postmodern age.

The writer dependent her learn at a silk manufacturing facility within the urban of Hangzhou in japanese China. She compares the lives of 3 generations of ladies staff: those that entered the manufacturing facility correct round the Communist revolution in 1949, those that have been youths in the course of the Cultural Revolution of the Nineteen Seventies, and people who have come of age within the Deng period. Exploring attitudes towards paintings, marriage, society, and tradition, she convincingly connects the altering meanings of the trendy in reputable discourse to the tales girls inform approximately themselves and what they make in their lives.

One of the 1st stories to soak up theoretically subtle matters approximately gender, modernity, and tool according to a high-quality ethnographic flooring, this much-needed cross-generational learn can be a version for destiny anthropological paintings round the world.

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