EmPr Tamara Jacka


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BA (Hons) (ANU), PhD (Adelaide)


Tamara's main research interests are in gender relations and social change in contemporary China. Her publication Rural Women in Urban China: Gender, Migration, and Social Change (ME Sharpe, Armonk, New York and London, 2006) won the American Anthropological Association's Francis Hsu prize for best book in East Asian anthropology in 2007. She supervises PhD students on topics relating to Chinese society, gender relations, rural-urban migration and rural development.

Career highlights

Chair, Chinese Studies Programme, Murdoch University (1994, 1996, 1998-2000); Convenor of Graduate Studies in Gender, Sexuality and Culture at ANU, 2004-2005; Francis Hsu prize for best book in East Asian anthropology, 2007.

Research interests

Gender relations and social change in contemporary China; women in rural-urban migration; the Chinese women's movement; approaches to gender and development; and gender and family relations.

Expertise Areas

  • Anthropology of Development
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Gender Specific Studies
  • Studies of Asian Society


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