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Article: The discourse of disability in modern China

TitleThe discourse of disability in modern China
Authors
KeywordsChina
Disability
Eugenics
Stigmatization
Issue Date2002
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/0031322X.asp
Citation
Patterns Of Prejudice, 2002, v. 36 n. 1, p. 104-112 How to Cite?
AbstractWith the collapse of the imperial system, Confucianism rapidly lost its credibility and authority. 'Nature' was now conceptualized as a set of relatively impersonal forces that could be objectively investigated. No longer were physical bodies thought of as being linked to the cosmological foundations of the universe: bodies were produced according to biological laws inherent in 'nature'. Identity and ancestry were buried deep inside the body. With the spread of an alternative epistemology based on scientific knowledge, a new medical semiology of the 'monster' appeared, in which the causes of malformation were firmly attributed to purely physical factors. Malformed infants came to be symbolic representations of racial degeneration, while freaks embodied the disfigurement of the nation. Raising the spectre of racial extinction, many writers claimed that the poor physical quality of the population was one of the key causes of the nation's backwardness. The strengthening of the population and the improvement of the race were represented as the essential prerequisites for national survival.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/148723
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.422
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.265
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dc.contributor.authorXun, Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-29T06:18:53Z-
dc.date.available2012-05-29T06:18:53Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.identifier.citationPatterns Of Prejudice, 2002, v. 36 n. 1, p. 104-112en_US
dc.identifier.issn0031-322Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/148723-
dc.description.abstractWith the collapse of the imperial system, Confucianism rapidly lost its credibility and authority. 'Nature' was now conceptualized as a set of relatively impersonal forces that could be objectively investigated. No longer were physical bodies thought of as being linked to the cosmological foundations of the universe: bodies were produced according to biological laws inherent in 'nature'. Identity and ancestry were buried deep inside the body. With the spread of an alternative epistemology based on scientific knowledge, a new medical semiology of the 'monster' appeared, in which the causes of malformation were firmly attributed to purely physical factors. Malformed infants came to be symbolic representations of racial degeneration, while freaks embodied the disfigurement of the nation. Raising the spectre of racial extinction, many writers claimed that the poor physical quality of the population was one of the key causes of the nation's backwardness. The strengthening of the population and the improvement of the race were represented as the essential prerequisites for national survival.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/0031322X.aspen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPatterns of Prejudiceen_US
dc.subjectChinaen_US
dc.subjectDisabilityen_US
dc.subjectEugenicsen_US
dc.subjectStigmatizationen_US
dc.titleThe discourse of disability in modern Chinaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailXun, Z:xzhou27@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityXun, Z=rp01200en_US
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltexten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/003132202128811394en_US
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-0036003078en_US
dc.identifier.volume36en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage104en_US
dc.identifier.epage112en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000173714000008-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US

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