Freeing Her from Representational Violence: Autoethnography of Writing Women in Contemporary Chinese Lineages

Wei Liu ()

In 2019-2020, I conducted my dissertation fieldwork in villages of Qimen County, Anhui Province, eastern China. I find that women’s voices are often muted. In genealogies or other documents edited or written by men, women become a representational symbol that sustains the male-dominated patrilineal ideology. This paper analyzes both local autoethnographic accounts and my own autoethnography to study how women are silenced and represented and how to set them free from the representational violence by lending a voice to them. Autoethnography as a form of “social realization of the self” offers a vantage point for understanding both female subjects in fieldwork and the female ethnographer.

Part of 01-05 Women, Belief, and Everyday Religious Experiences in Contemporary Multi-ethnic China [hybrid], Thursday, October 13, 8:00 am–10:00 am