Rural women migrant returnees in contemporary China

Zhang, Nana (2013) Rural women migrant returnees in contemporary China Journal of Peasant Studies, 40, (1), pp. 171-188. (doi:10.1080/03066150.2012.749867).


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This essay focuses on the experiences of female returnees in rural–urban migration in contemporary China. Based on in-depth interviews with women migrants, returnees, their family members, friends and fellow villagers in both sending and receiving areas, the research examines rural migrant women's return migration process. It investigates rural migrant women's decision-making in the process, the ways women returnees construct their lives in the countryside, their identity negotiation as returnees and the impact of patriarchy on women's experiences of the return and resettlement process. The author argues that despite women's active involvement in migration and the ‘empowerment and agency’ gained through migration, the patriarchal power relations within rural households remain intact and continue to shape rural female returnees' life in their villages.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/03066150.2012.749867
ISSNs: 0306-6150 (print)
Keywords: rural–urban migration, returnee, china, women, gender, filial piety
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Organisations: Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 363570
Date :
Date Event
5 February 2013e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2014 15:21
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 14:01
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