Generation Theory and the New Feminist Activism in China

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Resumé

1.Background/ Objectives and Goals
Since the arrest of five young feminist activists in March 2015 the international society and scholarship have paid great attention to the upsurge of new feminist activism in China and the role of young women in staging feminist protests. While research works/research-based popular writings have frequently referred to these young women as ‘new generation’, ‘younger generation’ and ‘new wave’, little has been done to explore the potential of sociological theories of generation in defining and understanding the young Chinese feminist activists as a new feminist generation. This paper investigates how generation theories/the concept of generation can be operationalized and applied to the study of new feminist activism in China.


2.Methods
This paper studies the young feminist activism in China from a generation perspective. It will first identify the major theories of generation/feminist generation to establish a theoretical framework and then operationalize the theories-concepts to the analysis of the new feminist activists in China. The analysis will mainly address four questions: 1). The new generation of feminist activists as an age cohort; 2). The new generation of feminist activists as a historical cohort; 3). The new generation’s feminist coming-of-age and the question continuity in feminism; 4). The defining features of the new feminist generation and the question of ‘difference’ in feminism. The study is based on an extensive search of on-line sources about the young feminist activists, such as electronic newspapers, webpages, blogs and chat groups. These materials are supplemented with three interviews done by using the hold-to-talk voice messaging function of the Chinese social media WeChat.



3.Expected Results/ Conclusion/ Contribution
To think the new generation of feminist activists in the light of generation theories/concept, as this study will show, helps us to better understand what this young generation is and what they stand for. As an age cohort, these young women belong to the post-1980s and post-1990s generation segment of Chinese society. They are either in their late twenties or earlier thirties and are generally referred to as the ‘80ers and ‘90ers. The concept of generation as a historical cohort directs our thoughts to the historical slice of time and how the special societal and cultural circumstance of that time has influenced the identity and outlook of a generation group. At this point, the young feminist generation grows up as the one-child generation whose life has been impacted by the one-child policy and the wider socioeconomic consequences of the policy as well. They also belong to the first generation in China growing up under the condition of a market economy and must live and negotiate with the market and market-driven sociocultural premises. To them, socialism and the legacy of state feminism under the socialist period is merely a dangling obsolete past. In tracing the footsteps of this generation in becoming feminists, the article has identified the ten years long theater performing of the Vagina Monologues across China and the many years of gender training under the auspices of some feminists in diaspora as two discursive loci of feminist fermentation and preparation. At the same time, a few geographically located feminist strongholds are also identified as the incubator of feminist activism. These testify the connection and continuity between pre-millennium feminism and the post- millennium new feminist activism. As to the markers of the new generation, the defining features that make them different or distinctive from feminists of the earlier generation, this article have, amongst others, identified three aspects: and that is their residing and protesting from the outside the formal institutional organizational structure in Chinese society as a ‘free body’; their use of their own body as a means of statement and protest; and their projection of their LGBT identity and confident claim of the right of sexual minorities.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2018
StatusUdgivet - 2018
BegivenhedAsia- Pacific Conference on Education, Social Studies and Psychology - Grand Victoria Hotel , Taipei, Taiwan
Varighed: 13. mar. 201815. mar. 2018
https://www.clocate.com/conference/Asia-Pacific-Conference-on-Education-Social-Studies-and-Psychology-APCESP-2018/45288/

Konference

KonferenceAsia- Pacific Conference on Education, Social Studies and Psychology
LokationGrand Victoria Hotel
LandTaiwan
ByTaipei
Periode13/03/201815/03/2018
Internetadresse

Fingeraftryk

China
feminism
protest
continuity
sociological theory
staging
chat
market
first generation
socialism
social media
weblog
organizational structure
diaspora
market economy
theater
projection
newspaper
Group
minority

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Wang, Q. (2018). Generation Theory and the New Feminist Activism in China. Abstract fra Asia- Pacific Conference on Education, Social Studies and Psychology , Taipei, Taiwan.
Wang, Qi. / Generation Theory and the New Feminist Activism in China. Abstract fra Asia- Pacific Conference on Education, Social Studies and Psychology , Taipei, Taiwan.
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Generation Theory and the New Feminist Activism in China. / Wang, Qi.

2018. Abstract fra Asia- Pacific Conference on Education, Social Studies and Psychology , Taipei, Taiwan.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftKonferenceabstrakt til konferenceForskningpeer review

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Wang Q. Generation Theory and the New Feminist Activism in China. 2018. Abstract fra Asia- Pacific Conference on Education, Social Studies and Psychology , Taipei, Taiwan.