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Southampton Ethics Centre

'Who defines what it means to be ‘disabled’ in China today?’  Seminar

The Centre for Transnational Studies
16:00 - 17:00
6 March 2019
Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton,SO17 1BF

Event details

Part of the TNS Seminar series 2018/19. All welcome.


In this talk, Sarah Dauncey looks at the construction of disabled identities specifically from the perspective of Chinese cultural epistemologies. Drawing on sociological theories of citizenship, her research reveals how traditionally accepted notions of personhood are often fundamentally challenged through encounters and interactions with understandings of disability and impairment. She provides engaging examples of the ways in which representations and narratives of disability negotiate the identity of their subject(s) in relation to dominant discourses, where collective social, political and cultural understandings of what it means to live a ‘productive’ disabled life are both imbued and contested. Her findings offer new evidence as to the importance of intersectional accounts of disabled citizenship in revealing the complex and shifting power relationships between disabled individuals and/or groups and the state in any particular country or specific cultural context.

Speaker information

Sarah Dauncey, University of Nottingham. Associate Professor

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