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Kang Xiaofei is an Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of Modern Language, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
1 article in English
Rural Women, Old Age, and Temple Work
This article examines the interface of religion, gender, and old age in contemporary China through the case of a group of rural Han elder women and their community temple in northwestern Sichuan. Without access to monastic resources and charismatic leadership, the women have made the temple a gendered ritual space of their own to obtain social company, spiritual comfort, and moral capital for themselves and their families. Neither victims of feudal superstition nor obstacles to modernisation, they are a dynamic transformative force in contemporary rural China.
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