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Training the Body for China : Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic - Susan Brownell

Training the Body for China

Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780226076478
Number Of Pages: 406

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Competing in the 1986 National College Games of the People's Republic of China, Susan Brownell earned both a gold medal in the heptathlon and fame throughout China as "the American girl who won glory for Beijing University." Now an anthropologist, Brownell draws on her direct experience of Chinese athletics in this fascinating look at the culture of sports and the body in China.
"Training the Body for China" is the first book on Chinese sports based on extended fieldwork by a Westerner. Brownell introduces the notion of "body culture" to analyze Olympic sports as one element in a whole set of Chinese body practices: the "old people's disco dancing" craze, the new popularity of bodybuilding (following reluctant official acceptance of the bikini), mass calisthenics, martial arts, military discipline, and more.
Translating official and dissident materials into English for the first time and drawing on performance theory and histories of the body, Brownell uses the culture of the body as a focal point to explore the tensions between local and global organizations, the traditional and the modern, men and women. Her intimate knowledge of Chinese social and cultural life and her wide range of historic examples make "Training the Body for China" a unique illustration of how gender, the body, and the nation are interlinked in Chinese culture.

Winning Glory for Beijing
Historical Overview: Sports, the Body, and the Nation
Public Culture: On Sports Clubs, Public Events, and Representation
Body Culture and Consumer Culture in China's 1987 National Games
Qing Dynasty Grand Sacrifice and Communist National Games: Rituals of the Chinese State?
Training the Body for China: Civilization, Discipline, and Social Order
"Those Who Work with Their Brains Rule; Those Who Work with Their Brawn Are Ruled"
Sex, the Body, and History in Chinese and Western Sports
Bodies, Boundaries, and the State
"Obscene" Bodies, the State, and Popular Movements: Bodybuilding and Old People's Disco
"Face" and "Fair Play": Sports and Morality in the Economic Reforms
Epilogue: Beijing's Bid for the 2000 Olympic Games
Select Glossary of Chinese Terms and Names
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ISBN: 9780226076478
ISBN-10: 0226076474
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 406
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 2

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