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Why Ma Zhun Doesn't Count

Matthew Kohrman

in Bodies of Difference

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520226449
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520226449.003.0005
Why Ma Zhun Doesn't Count

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This chapter considers the case of Ma Zhun, a woman who was denied a disabled identification (ID) card by the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF). It explains that Ma Zhun went the Federation's office because she was told by her employer that getting an ID card was her only chance of keeping her job and that her request was denied because she was only missing toes on one foot. The chapter examines the CDPF's formulation of a set of truth claims about what comprises canji as a distinct sphere of alterity and about what constitutes China as a distinct national locality.

Keywords: Ma Zhun; disabled ID card; CDPF; truth claims; canji; alterity; China

Chapter.  11974 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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