WUHAO: THE FIVE GOODS MOVEMENT AND EVOLVING FORMS OF STATE GOVERNANCE OVER DOMESTIC SPACE AND FAMILY LIFE IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 1956-1958 Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Santacaterina, Donald
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
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  • This study uses the People’s Daily newspaper as a source to investigate the “Five Goods Movement” (五好活动wuhao huodong), a campaign carried out in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from 1956-1958. The Five Goods movement sought to regulate productive socialist families by celebrating a positive “Five Goods housewife” while denigrating a negative, shrewish housewife who threatened domestic harmony. The Chinese state propagated these two models in the People’s Daily newspaper to assert an ideological power over domestic space in tandem with the more physical presence of neighborhood “mutual aid teams” which were employed to surveil, comment on, commend, and criticize mothers and wives on their ability (or inability) to maintain a harmonious domestic space in line with movement’s values. The movement illustrates a case of state negotiation over its position as a legitimate actor in domestic space and Chinese family life.
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  • Tsin, Michael
  • King, Michelle
  • Barnes, Nicole
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2018
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