Dis/ablement and Marriage

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:
Dis/ablement and Marriage

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This chapter explores the problems of disabled men related to marriage in China, and relates the story of Zhang Pinxin, who was rejected by his bride-to-be because of his condition. It explains that analysis of courtship and marriage can help clarify further not just the significance of the nation-state, but that of a masculinist nation-state for the interrelated production of canji as a realm of Otherness and for the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) as an institution.

Keywords: disabled men; marriage; courtship; China; nation-state; canji; CDPF

Chapter.  12914 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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