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Modernization, culture, and the class ceiling: women’s political participation in China

Du, Qianru (2018) Modernization, culture, and the class ceiling: women’s political participation in China. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This research paper involves discovering women’s political participation issues in China. The goal of this paper is to answer two questions: First, is female political participation in China high or low compared with other countries of similar scales, political institutions, and cultural contexts? Second, what are the conditions under which women participate in politics in China? I did this by examining women’s political participation at both cross-national level and sub-national level within, over time and cross region. Through showing the factors that affect women’s political participation, this research highlights the importance of culture, modernization theory (i.e. education, income) and political institutions’ effect on facilitating or restricting women’s political participation. I found that there is a lack of support for cultural explanations (specifically Confucianism), and strong support for modernization theory and political institutions as explanation for women’s political participation both at cross-national level and at sub-national level within China.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Du, Qianruflodudu1997@gmail.comqid130000-0001-5302-715X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorDing, YueYUD30@pitt.eduYUD30
Committee MemberLotz, AndrewANL7@pitt.eduANL7
Committee MemberNelson, Lisalsnelson@pitt.edulsnelson
Committee ChairLi,
Date: 25 April 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 16 April 2018
Approval Date: 25 April 2018
Submission Date: 20 April 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 49
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, Women, Female, Political Participation, Glass Ceiling, Modernization, Culture, Income, Education, East Asia, Gender.
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Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 17:35
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2018 17:35


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