By Matthew Kohrman
Our bodies of distinction chronicles the compelling tale of disability's emergence as a space of vital sociopolitical task in modern China. Keenly aware of how our bodies are embedded in discourse, heritage, and private exigency, Matthew Kohrman info ways in which incapacity turned a fount for the construction of associations and identities around the chinese language panorama through the ultimate many years of the 20th century. He seems heavily on the construction of the China Disabled folks' Federation and the lives of diverse participants, between them Deng Pufang, son of China's Communist chief Deng Xiaoping. Illustrations: 10 b/w pictures
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If I had only conducted my research in a Hainan village and had not spent much time in a major city like Beijing, if my Weldwork had occurred during an earlier era of anthropological inquiry, and if I had not retained my interest in how embodiment can be generative for the nation-state, I quite likely would have walked down that analytical path, making it the centerpiece of this book. ” Rather than focusing on absence, the more appropriate line of inquiry centers on broader matters of sociopolitical production.
Nonetheless, a single-minded relativist approach toward disability would be a great mistake. Rhetorically compelling as it might seem to some, unrestrained relativism in this area is at once analytically counterproductive and politically irresponsible. Simply swapping one reductive metanarrative for another, exchanging 30 Introduction biological universalism for relentless relativism, brings us nowhere closer to shedding reductivism. Nor does it bring us closer to understanding bodily experiences and their sociopolitical formation (Kleinman and Kleinman 1991).
Now there’s a term we’ve been hearing a lot lately. The government sure has been making noise about canji since the reforms began. They sure have been making noise about how the Federation helps canji ren become modern, how it helps canji ren contribute to China’s new market economy. And in recent years, all kinds of Federation ofWces have been created in Beijing to coordinate this work. In English, what do you call canji? . “Disability,” right? Heaven knows what is canji. So many people seem to say they’re canji ren now.
Bodies of Difference: Experiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China by Matthew Kohrman