Arianne Gaetano talk: Upwardly Mobile Women in Urban China: (Re)negotiating Marriage and Gender Norms

March 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

China’s economic growth and urbanization have created new opportunities for women through education, migration, and employment. But they have also created new challenges, especially regarding gender norms and relations. Join us for a talk that will compare the ways women of different socioeconomic statuses in Beijing and Shanghai, particularly unmarried and newly married rural migrant workers and educated urban professionals in their 20s and 30s, are negotiating the relationship between prevailing marriage and gender norms and their aspirations for social mobility and personal growth.

ARIANNE M. GAETANO is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Auburn University. A cultural anthropologist, her research focuses on contemporary Chinese society. She is the author of Out to Work: Migration, Gender, and the Changing Lives of Rural Women in Contemporary China (University of Hawai’i Press and Hong Kong University Press, 2015), which draws on fieldwork in Beijing and China’s countryside to explore the consequences of rural-to-urban migration for women’s self-identities and life-course trajectories. More recently, she has explored changing patterns and meanings of marriage in urban China, including the public discourse of “leftover women,” and how these intersect with transformations in gender roles and norms. 

Location and Address

Sociology Colloquium Room, Posvar 2432