7189 -- AJMER, GÖRAN

Women, kitchen and belonging in Eastern China. Idioms of continuity in Kaixiangong
Sociologus 55.2005:39-60
Keywords: women, identity of women, gender

##This article explores expressions of women"s belonging and the symbolic construction of continuities in a village in eastern China in the 1930s. By raising a simple empirical question concerning betrothal, it aims to bring together features of social and economic organization with social discourses on community building and iconic symbolism concerned with the essence of continuity. The discussion focuses on women who, it is suggested, ambiguously maintained two different forms of belonging, articulated in cross-cousin marriages and the celebration of the Stove God respectively.#