Women’s Empowerment in the Xi’an Muslim District, China

Posted on March 30th, 2013 in Events

May 23, 12:15 pm, Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)

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Workshop Series: Islam and Muslims in East Asia

Maris Boyd Gillette (Haverford College), Women’s Empowerment in the Xi’an Muslim District, China

This workshop explores women’s empowerment among the Chinese Muslims (or Hui) who live in Xi’an’s Muslim district. In the broader ethnographic literature on Muslim women’s empowerment, most analyses focus on social structure or individual agency. Collective sentiment receives rather less attention. This talk will look at the structural, agentive, and affective dimensions of Xi’an Hui women’s empowerment based on nearly two decades of field research in this urban Muslim neighborhood. I will focus on Chinese Muslim women’s empowerment as a site for reflection on the political, cultural, and intellectual implications of “women’s empowerment” as an analytic lens.

Maris Boyd Gillette is Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research interests include capitalism; anthropology of the person; memory, history and narrative; visual culture; anthropology of Islam; urban Chinese Muslims, Hong Kong society and culture, and China. She is the author of  Between Mecca and Beijing: Modernization and Consumption Among Urban Chinese Muslims  (Stanford University Press, 2002).

[Co-sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies]

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