Contemporary women's studies scholarship is Marxist, historical, and seeks to resuscitate the Chinese women's movement in extrastatist terms, from a China-centred frame of proletarian revolution to an international frame of human liberation. The subject of women's studies discourse is neither funü nor nuxing but nuren (which I have glossed as woman in social science representation or, nuren as a category/fanchou).
Tracing a genealogy for the inscription of 'modern Chinese woman' thus has allowed ways of thinking Mohanty's 'historical specificity in the construction of women'. I engaged Gayatri Spivak's question--what narratives produced signifiers for women in another tradition--and can now conclude with Judith Butler's insight that gender is not a relation but an apparatus of production that establishes the 'sexes' as themselves.
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Publication information: Book title: Feminism and History. Contributors: Joan Wallach Scoff - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 69.
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