Bodily Changes: Castration as Cultural and Social Practice in the Space of the Forbidden City

  title={Bodily Changes: Castration as Cultural and Social Practice in the Space of the Forbidden City},
  author={Peng Liu and Lang Lan},
  journal={SAGE Open},
This article examines the Chinese imperial body as “simultaneously part of nature and part of culture” and considers the interactions between the cultural body and physical body in sociological terms. The examination elaborates on the physical body as the manifestation of the demands of society mediated by cultural meanings. Bodily changes, such as castration, which Peng Liu argue is a trade between the physical body and cultural body in meeting the demands of Imperial Chinese society, affect… 
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