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Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia$
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Tiantian Zheng

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824852962

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824852962.001.0001

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Mobilizing the Masses to Change Something Intimate

Mobilizing the Masses to Change Something Intimate

The Process of Desexualization in China’s Family Planning Campaign

(p.92) Chapter Five Mobilizing the Masses to Change Something Intimate
Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia

Danning Wang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter states that it is well-known worldwide that China specializes in utilizing mass movements and political campaigns to target and to change individual behavior patterns. Wang focuses on how the formation and implementation of the family planning campaign deliberately produced de-sexualized propaganda discourses and effectively transformed an individual and private issue into something public with political economic significance. Based on the historical archival data from Tianjin and Beijing in the 1960s, Wang contextualizes the family planning campaign within the state’s efforts to promote late marriage, modern midwifery, and sterilization. By removing the aspect of sexuality, the campaign discourses effectively set up the collective familial tone to something individual and personal. This later paved the way for a nationalistic approach to articulating a national strategy of empowerment.

Keywords:   desexualization, social movement, family planning, gender and class

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