British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 8 No 2 (2018)
Book Reviews

Laurel Bossen and Hill Gates (2017). Bound Feet, Young Hands: Tracking the Demise of Footbinding in Village China.

Lin Jiao
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Published February 25, 2019
How to Cite
Jiao, L. (2019). Laurel Bossen and Hill Gates (2017). Bound Feet, Young Hands: Tracking the Demise of Footbinding in Village China. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 8(2), 144-147. https://doi.org/10.51661/bjocs.v8i2.4

Abstract

Ten years after Dorothy Ko’s study that shifted the understanding of footbinding fundamentally (Ko, 2007), Laurel Bossen and Hill Gates’s ground-breaking research on footbinding will again change our knowledge of this practice for good. Through exploring the long-neglected subject of rural women’s footbinding, Bossen and Gates argue that the reason for the demise of footbinding in village China is not because of fashion, beauty, sex, education or a political campaign. Instead, women stopped this practice because of industrialisation, which inevitably drove them out of the business of domestic, sedentary textile-production.

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