Bound Feet, Young Hands: Tracking the Demise of Footbinding by Laurel Bossen,Hill Gates

By Laurel Bossen,Hill Gates

Footbinding used to be universal in China until eventually the early 20th century, whilst so much chinese language have been kin farmers. Why did those households bind younger women' ft? And why did footbinding cease? during this groundbreaking paintings, Laurel Bossen and Hill Gates upend the preferred view of footbinding as a standing, or perhaps sexual, image via displaying that it used to be an undeniably potent option to get even very younger women to take a seat nonetheless and paintings with their hands.
Interviews with 1,800 aged girls, many with certain ft, demonstrate the truth of ladies' hand hard work around the North China undeniable, Northwest China, and Southwest China. As binding reshaped their ft, moms disciplined women to spin, weave, and do different handwork simply because many village households relied on promoting such items. whilst factories eradicated the industrial price of handwork, footbinding died out. because the final iteration of footbound girls passes away, Bound ft, younger Hands offers a data-driven exam of the social and monetary facets of this misunderstood custom.

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