Moving from the vote into citizenship: crafting Chinese women's political citizenship

Lit Verlag
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Berliner China-Hefte - chinese History and Society - vol 29, 2006, 1, December pp. 10 - 22
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A central area for research among scholars of women's suffrage around the world in recent years has been the exploration of the decades immediately after suffrage victories. The goal of "post-suffrage studies" is to understand better the ramifications of women's newfound political power. l What happens to women's political citizenship once women have the vote? How does it change the way women act on the public political stage and the way they are perceived by men within their families and communities? How do women political actors move from antagonists to equal participants? This paper attempts to address the broad problem of post-suffrage citizenship identity for women in the specific case of China. It argues that women's political citizenship in the post-suffrage period was constrained by ideologies inherent in the campaign aimed to win their goal. Mechanisms that had aided the women's suffrage movement prior to their victory became counterproductive in the period afterwards.
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