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Bound Feet, Young HandsTracking the Demise of Footbinding in Village China$
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Laurel Boussen and Hill Gates

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780804799553

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804799553.001.0001

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Northwest China

Northwest China

(p.77) Chapter Four Northwest China
Bound Feet, Young Hands

Laurel Bossen

Hill Gates

Stanford University Press

This chapter continues the inquiry at the western edges of the North China Plain in Shanxi and Shaanxi. Here the four village sites present differences in cotton production, political influence, proximity to urban trade centers, and to the railroad. One northern site in Shanxi experienced the direct effects of the nearby Communist base in the 1930s. One village in Shaanxi lay in the heart of a rich cotton-growing region while the other in Shaanbei lacked locally grown cotton. The chapter focuses on the political and economic changes affecting women’s and girls’ hand work as well as the timing of footbinding’s decline at each site.

Keywords:   cotton handcrafts, cotton, female hand labor, footbinding, Communist base, railways, Japanese blockade

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