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China’s New 21st-Century Realities

Social Equity in a Time of Change


Edited By Richard Greggory Johnson III

China’s New 21 st -Century Realities: Social Equity in a Time of Change examines the new social justice realities in China. Often when people think of China they think of a very rigid, patriarchal society where oppression is the order of the day. However, this book aims to debunk some of those preconceived notions by addressing issues such as single men living in rural China, professional women in politics, and the baggage that comes with being considered an outsider. The book looks at China through a critical social justice prism that has seldom been used before. Contributors also take on race and ethnicity as a means to understanding that China, like many nations in the world, is becoming increasingly diverse in many areas including religion and gender roles. This book is a must read for anyone that is truly interested in unlearning what they believe they know about human rights in China.
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Chapter One: China’s Glass Ceiling: The Exclusion of Women From High-Level Politics



China’s Glass Ceiling: The Exclusion of Women From High-Level Politics



Women constitute slightly less than half (48.5% in 2014) of China’s total population (“China—The World Factbook”, 2014). However, their contribution to the social and economic development of Chinese society is more than half of that of men by virtue of their dual roles in the productive and reproductive spheres. Despite this, their participation in formal political structures and processes remains insignificant.

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