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Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0226076478
ISBN-10: 0226076474
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 401 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226076474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226076478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One doesn't have to be a sports enthusiast to benefit from Prof. Brownell's book. It is a unique approach in teaching Chinese society. I had the honor of being one of her students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in one of her Chinese society classes and I have taken many other classes not taught by her and I must say that her book has given me more insight in the cultural structure of the norms, beliefs and politics than I have ever gotten from any other college text. I also recommend this book for readers who aren't studying anthropology. It is just facinating to read about her adventures being an American college student taking part of the nation's equivalent to the Olympic Games in Beijing while studying abroad in Communist China.
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