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Understanding the body and disability in Chinese contexts

Qu, Yuanyuan (2019) Understanding the body and disability in Chinese contexts. Disability and Society. pp. 1-22. ISSN 0968-7599

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1649123


This article examines the conceptualization of the body and disability throughout Chinese history. To concisely present a general scene, the article defines three historical periods and, in each period, explains the social context, dominant ideologies, and meaning of the body and disability. The arguments are as follows: traditional China (before 1949) was a homogeneous society, in which a whole, correct body was required and people with impairment were de-humanized; in socialist China (1949–1979), the body was seen as national property and those contributing less were marginalized; and in China’s post-communist reform (since 1979), the body has been defined as an individual tool of production and competition. Disabled people have started to emerge as a legislative, political, and social category, who are equal in theory but marginalized in practice, and who are expected to be active and productive through their personal endeavors.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2019 Informa UK
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 14:06
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:58

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