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Disability Identity and Marriage in Rural China

By Jing Yang Copyright 2018
    210 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Based on data collected through in-depth fieldwork observation and interviews in Bai Township, this book examines how women with disabilities in rural Southwest China compensate for their disability identity through marriage. As the first book to theorize the married life of rural-based women with different types of disabilities, it provides a more holistic picture of their marital life by tracing the marriage process from mate selection to wedding ceremony, reproduction and role performance. It also generates a substantive theory grounded in the real experiences of women living with disabilities with Jing Yang arguing that these women are not passive victims in the marital process, but active agents who endeavour to minimize the risk of abuse and maximize security and satisfaction in their marriage.

    By examining the effects of fertility, patriarchy and village society on women with disability, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of many disciplines, including disability studies, sociology, social work, women's studies and Chinese culture and society.


    1. Grounded Theory Method and Married Women with Disabilities in Bai Township

    2. Disability Identity in the Village Environment

    3. Disabled Matching: the Process of Mate Selection

    4. Being Daughters-in-law with Disabilities

    5. Becoming Wives with Disabilities

    6. Being Mothers with Disabilities

    7. Towards a Conceptualization of Compensating for Disability Identity through Marriages for Women in Rural Areas of China

    8. Integrating Compensating for Disability Identity with the Literature

    9. Conclusions


    Jing Yang is Assistant Professor of the Sociology Department at Guizhou University, China. Her recent publications include Rehabilitation Work (2011, co-edited) and Service and Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities in Rural China (2008)