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Out to Work: Migration, Gender, and the Changing Lives of Rural Women in Contemporary China

Arianne M. Gaetano


This book is a longitudinal and multifaceted ethnographic study of rural Chinese women who, as youth in the late 1990s and early 2000s, migrated from their rural hometowns to Beijing to take up jobs in domestic service and hotel housekeeping, and as schoolteachers to the children of migrant workers. For over a decade, Gaetano sustained close contact with several individuals, interacting with their friends, coworkers and employers, visiting their village homes, and meeting their families and, eventually, in-laws and children. With engaging anecdotes and insightful testimonies, the book describe ... More

Keywords: ethnography, China, migrant women, employment, marriage, motherhood, gender, rural-urban hierarchy, agency, longitudinal study

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824840990
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824840990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arianne M. Gaetano, author
Auburn University