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Bodies of DifferenceExperiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China$
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Matthew Kohrman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226449

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226449.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Bodies of Difference

Matthew Kohrman

University of California Press

The main ethnographic aim of this book is to examine the sociopolitical formation of a new bureaucracy within the People's Republic of China and its relationship to a specific category of alterity. It examines how bodies, locally and translocally understood, may be instrumental for the sociopolitical formation of biobureaucracy and alterity. Many of the analytical arguments developed in this text are built upon ideas about bodiliness or embodiment—the intersection of the sociopolitical, somatic, and personal.

Keywords:   alterity, China, CDPF, sociopolitical formation, biobureaucracy, bodiliness

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