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Footbinding, Feminism and Freedom : The Liberation of Women's Bodies in Modern China - Fan Hong

Footbinding, Feminism and Freedom

The Liberation of Women's Bodies in Modern China

By: Fan Hong

Paperback Published: 1st June 1997
ISBN: 9780714643342
Number Of Pages: 342

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This original book brings Chinese women to the centre of the Chinese cultural stage by examining the role which exercise and, subsequently, sport played in their liberation. Physical emancipation, particularly in the custom of footbinding, which continued to be practised to some extent in China until 1949, was the prerequisite for wider emancipation. Through the medium of women's bodies, Fan Hong explores the significance of religious beliefs, cultural codes and political dogmas for gender relations, gender concepts and the human body in an Asian setting. br br Until now no academic work has discussed women, emancipation and exercise within the social, cultural and political setting of China from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth centuries. Inquiry into the evolving relationship between women's emancipation and exercise over this period is necessary and overdue if there is to be a full understanding of China in an era of gender role reconstruction. Moreover the dramatic and brutal patriarchaltradition of physical repression of the female body in Chinese history, particularly the inhuman institution of footbinding, makes the physical emancipation of Chinese women an issue of special significance in the history of liberation of the modern female body.

Prologue: modern China - women, emancipation and exercise
Culture, challenge and change in late feudal China - a clash of ideals and the consequences
missionaries and reformers - the reconceptualization of femininity in modern China
strong bodies for strong action - the Chinese women's enlightenment movement
a new woman for a new age - the May Fourth Era
iron women of the Jiangxi Soviet
freedom without feminism - Yanan women
one step backward and one step forward -emancipation and exercise in the nationalist area
towards equality in full measure - seeking competitive success
Epilogue: from cripples to champions
Appendices: Chen Jiefen, "on women's participation in physical education and exercise", 1903
Mao Zedong, "on physical education and exercise", 1917
Chiang Kai-shek, "an open telegram to the nation - the promotion of sport and exercise", 1935
"the Law of Sport for citizens" issued by the nationalist government in 1929
"the revised Law of Sport for citizens" issued by the nationalist government in 1941
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ISBN: 9780714643342
ISBN-10: 0714643343
Series: Cass Series--Sport in the Global Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 1st June 1997
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.29 x 15.75  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1