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NCJ Number: 200629 Find in a Library
Title: Violation and Resistance: Women, Religion, and Chinese Statehood
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:9  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:655-675
Author(s): Maria Jaschok
Editor(s): Claire M. Renzetti
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 21
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article attempts to fill the gap that exists in scholarly treatment of religious women as part of women’s history and as contributors to the public sphere of Chinese political life and place violence within the Chinese state’s treatment of religious women.
Abstract: This article proposes to position violence within the Chinese state’s treatment of religious women, expressed during times of direct physical and psychological abuse. The specific symbiotic relationship in modern Chinese society between Communist statehood and socialist womanhood has rendered violence inflicted on religious minorities a gender issue. Violence is explored in the context of China’s modern history of state-steered violence inflicted on its religious minorities and violence related to female religiosity through the investigation of the patriarchal and multiply invested and diffused nature of power and violence. It attempts to draw out the implications for women’s exercise of agency of recent changes in China from outright violence to a culture of intimidation or for their rights of “self-constitutions.” Although the place of religion has remained the most contested and sensitive sphere of Chinese political life, the memory of violence has not precluded change. Women’s religious organizations have exploited Communist egalitarian rhetoric to their own advantage, able to play the party against their own male clergy and leadership. References
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; China; Crime in foreign countries; Females; Politically motivated violent crimes; Religion; Religiously motivated violence; Victims in foreign countries; Victims of violent crime
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