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Hill Gates|Toward a More Gender-Inclusive Analysis of the Political Economies of Preindustrial Agrarian Empires

Release Date: 2018/4/16 9:50:22

 

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Toward a More Gender-Inclusive Analysis of the Political Economies of Preindustrial Agrarian Empires

Lecturer:

Hill Gates | Central Michigan University

Date & Time:

9:30-11:00, Friday, April 20, 2018

Venue:

Room 304, Building 4, Zhijiang Campus, Zhejiang University



China, like other agrarian empires, had for its political-economic core a tributary mode of production structured as a hierarchy of fixed social positions. Their inequality in status and in reward for their contributions was seen as part of a natural order. The Song dynasty was a great watershed in Chinese life, with agriculture, population, urbanization, family production for market all increasing, and other remarkable developments, marking the Song as the beginning of a unique Chinese modernity. Kin-based production filled the gaps in the state-driven tributary mode, generating a full-blown "petty capitalist mode of production." State-mandated kinship/gender hierarchy and other tributary mechanisms keyed the two modes together, constraining the petty capitalist mode from capital accumulation and keeping labor under kin, rather than market, control. Through the Late Imperial China centuries, economic pressure made great demands on family labor, and state constraints gave parents immense authority to use it.





Hill Gates|Toward a More Gender-Inclusive Analysis of the Political Economies of Preindustrial Agrarian Empires

Hill Gates is the founder of Rockpile Foundation which providing housing and travel support at Saltlick House, Wolf Ranch, Northern California, for academics to finish research and writing projects. She received her BA from department of Anthropology in Radcliffe College of Harvard University, and her PhD from department of Anthropology in the University of Michigan. Her research focus on the organization, social institutions, and folk ideology/popular religion of family-run small business firms. The lack of materials about the roles of women in these led her to emphasize the female side of such businesses, resulting in a more gendered perspective on political economy.





Hill Gates|Toward a More Gender-Inclusive Analysis of the Political Economies of Preindustrial Agrarian Empires

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