Professor Sarah Dauncey (University of Nottingham)
How have disabled men and women been conceptualised in modern Chinese history? In this talk, Sarah Dauncey looks at the construction of gendered disabled identities specifically from the perspective of Chinese cultural epistemologies. Drawing on her new theory of para-citizenship – a compelling framework for understanding the complex and shifting power relationships between disabled individuals and/or groups, the state and broader non-disabled society – as well as sociological theories of gender and the body, her research reveals how traditionally accepted notions of personhood are often fundamentally challenged through encounters and interactions with understandings of disability and gender. She provides engaging examples of the ways in which representations and narratives of disability negotiate the gendered identities of their subjects in relation to dominant discourses, where collective social, political and cultural understandings of what it means to live a ‘productive’ disabled life as a women or man are both imbued and contested.
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