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- DescriptionSince the 1990s China has seen a dramatic increase in the number of men seeking treatment for impotence. Everett Yuehong Zhang argues in The Impotence Epidemic that this trend represents changing public attitudes about sexuality in an increasingly globalized China. In this ethgraphy he shifts discussions of impotence as a purely neurovascular phemen to a social one. Zhang contextualizes impotence within the social changes brought by recent ecomic reform and through the production of various desires in post-Maoist China. Based on interviews with 350 men and their partners from Beijing and Chengdu, and concerned with de-mystifying and de-stigmatizing impotence, Zhang suggests that the impotence epidemic represents t just trauma and suffering, but also a contagion of individualized desire and an affirmation for living a full life. For Zhang, studying male impotence in China is one way to comprehend the unique experience of Chinese modernity.
- Author BiographyEverett Yuehong Zhang is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies and Anthropology at Princeton University. He is the co-editor of Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: The Quest for an Adequate Life, and co-author of Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person.
- Author(s)Everett Yuehong Zhang
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication06/03/2015
- SubjectClinical Medicine: Professional
- Series TitleCritical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note18 photographs
- Weight413 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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