Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History

Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History Gender and sexuality have been neglected topics in the history of Chinese civilization despite the fact that philosophers writers parents doctors and ordinary people of all descriptions have left

  • Title: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History
  • Author: Susan L. Mann
  • ISBN: 9780521683708
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gender and sexuality have been neglected topics in the history of Chinese civilization, despite the fact that philosophers, writers, parents, doctors, and ordinary people of all descriptions have left reams of historical evidence on the subject Moreover, China s late imperial government was arguably concerned about gender and sexuality among its subjects than any othGender and sexuality have been neglected topics in the history of Chinese civilization, despite the fact that philosophers, writers, parents, doctors, and ordinary people of all descriptions have left reams of historical evidence on the subject Moreover, China s late imperial government was arguably concerned about gender and sexuality among its subjects than any other pre modern state Sexual desire and sexual activity were viewed as innate human needs, essential to bodily health and well being, and universal marriage and reproduction served the state by supplying tax paying subjects, duly bombarded with propaganda about family values How did these and other late imperial legacies shape twentieth century notions of gender and sexuality in modern China In this wonderfully written and enthralling book, Susan Mann answers that question by focusing in turn on state policy, ideas about the physical body, and notions of sexuality and difference in China s recent history, from medicine to the theater to the gay bar from law to art and sports More broadly, the book shows how changes in attitudes toward sex and gender in China during the twentieth century have cast a new light on the process of becoming modern, while simultaneously challenging the universalizing assumptions of Western modernity.

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    About “Susan L. Mann

    • Susan L. Mann

      Susan Mann retired from the History Department in June, 2010, after nearly 30 years of teaching in the UC system, first at the University of California, Santa Cruz 1982 1989 and then at UC Davis.



    864 thoughts on “Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History

    • This is an absolutely fantastic history of Modern Chinese sexuality, with plenty of focus on the late Qing, Republican, and post-Mao era of China. There is little mention of Maoist China, though which bothered me. The information provided, though, is of great importance and detail. Mann displays her years of scholarship and experience in sexuality history. It seems that she attempts to give Foucault's sexual historiography some sort of Chinese context and interpretation, which is interesting. Ev [...]


    • Great text, even for someone like me who knew virtually nothing about Chinese gender and sexuality before taking the university course for which this book was required reading!




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