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Bodies of Difference: Experiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China

Matthew Kohrman


This book chronicles the story of disability's emergence as an area of significant sociopolitical activity in contemporary China. Attentive to how bodies are embedded in discourse, history, and personal exigency, it details ways that disability became a fount for the production of institutions and identities across the Chinese landscape during the final decades of the twentieth century. The author looks closely at the creation of the China Disabled Persons' Federation and the lives of numerous individuals, among them Deng Pufang, son of China's Communist leader Deng Xiaoping.

Keywords: disability, sociopolitical activity, China, Deng Xiaoping, China's Communist leader, Deng Pufang, personal exigency, production of institutions, bodies, Disabled Persons' Federation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520226449
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Kohrman, author