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Chinese Men's Practices of Intimacy, Embodiment and Kinship: Crafting Elastic Masculinity

Siyang Cao


This book explores Chinese young men’s views of manhood and how they construct and negotiate masculinities in everyday lives. Drawing from empirical research, it uses the term shenti (body-self) as a central concept to investigate the Chinese male body and explores masculinity within intimacy and kinship. The book proposes and develops a new concept of ‘elastic masculinity’ which can be stretched and forged differently depending on the context. At the same time, the men’s masculinity formation is constrained by the availability of resources, structural constraints, cultural traditions and dive ... More

Keywords: masculinity, intimacy, embodiment, kinship, urban China, Confucianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529212983
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529212983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Siyang Cao, author
East China Normal University