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Gentlemen, heroes, real men, disabled men: explorations at the intersections of disability and masculinity in contemporary China

Dauncey, Sarah

Authors

SARAH DAUNCEY Sarah.Dauncey@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Chinese Society and Disability



Abstract

This article advances new perspectives on disability culture in contemporary China. Using gender – specifically masculinity – as an “intersection,” it addresses key questions that both help to explain, but also further trouble, the way in which the “impaired” male body is both represented and lived in China today. Although recent research across the disciplines is revealing more and more about pre-modern and contemporary understandings of, and responses to, disability in China, little is known about the way in which gendered identities intersect and interact with disabled identities. From “gentlemen” and “heroes” to “real men” and “disabled men,” this article examines dominant historical and contemporary images of masculinity and disability, and illustrates how they have come to frame the way in which disabled men have been viewed and view themselves. And, through the close reading of the memoirs of one young man, Zhang Yuncheng, it reveals the possibilities and limitations through which gendered behaviors are formed and enacted on an individual level when set against Chinese discourses of disability, normalcy, and gender.

Citation

Dauncey, S. (2018). Gentlemen, heroes, real men, disabled men: explorations at the intersections of disability and masculinity in contemporary China. NAN Nü, 19(2), https://doi.org/10.1163/15685268-00192P05

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 3, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 29, 2018
Publication Date Feb 1, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 28, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 30, 2020
Journal Nan Nü
Print ISSN 1387-6805
Electronic ISSN 1568-5268
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/15685268-00192P05
Keywords disability; masculinity; normalcy; identity; nanzihan
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50732
Publisher URL http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/15685268-00192p05
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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