Rethinking Sexual Repression in Maoist China: Ideology, Structure and the Ownership of the Body

  title={Rethinking Sexual Repression in Maoist China: Ideology, Structure and the Ownership of the Body},
  author={Everett Yuehong Zhang},
  journal={Body \& Society},
  pages={1 - 25}
  • E. Zhang
  • Published 1 September 2005
  • Sociology
  • Body & Society
Through an example of the prohibition against dating in a technical school in southwest China in 1978, this article analyzes how three intersecting forces - the ideology of socialist collectivism, the structure of the work unit system and the socialist sovereign ownership of the body - account for sexual repression in the Maoist period in China. Rather than being an ahistorical, essential component of Maoist socialism, sexual repression (psychic and social) was a historically specific and… 
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