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Title: Chinese gender and community under British colonialism : a case study of An He village in the New Territories
Author: Cheung, Siu Keung
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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The purpose of this doctoral dissertation is to examine the impact of the two contradictory legacies of British rule and Chinese patriarchy upon village community order and practices in the New Territories, the largest region of Hong Kong where has currently been turned into a suburban extension of the city. In particular, this dissertation focuses on the village of An He, in northern New Territories, Hong Kong, and looks into the rapidly changing features of local household and community lives vis-à-vis the broader social, economic and political contexts under the period of British colonisation. This dissertation scrutinizes the consequential re-vitalisation of extremely patriarchal Chinese lineage organization on the part of British colonial rule and highlights the central importance of gender in socio-political practices in the New Territories. This dissertation points out this impingement of colonial rule upon the village male and female gender roles and the multiple ways that both sexes undertake negotiations and contestations. Special attention is paid to the active agency of women, their various influential bottom-up politics and their collective actions for their own rights in the recent social history of Hong Kong. The general argument of this dissertation is that British colonial rule by and large worked on an expedient basis. To obtain local support, their ruling practices are frequently implicated with the most patriarchal segment of Chinese society by recognizing their land interests and sharing power with them. However, neither British colonial rule nor Chinese patriarchy could totally control the village communities in the New Territories. The social order in these communities was established not solely through the adherence to an official model but rather it came about as a result of numerous local dynamics. In practice, the extent to which men would realize their patriarchal privileges and powers is fundamentally indeterminate as well. On the other hand, the magnitude to which women could exert their influences is often largely beyond the control of patriarchal rule. Above all, community frequently entails numerous remarkable human struggles and bargaining for important social changes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.642799  DOI: Not available
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