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Sporting Gender

Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s National Crisis, 1931-45

by (author) Yunxiang Gao

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2013
Category
China, Women's Studies, Sociology of Sports
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774824842
    Publish Date
    Jul 2013
    List Price
    $99.00
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774824811
    Publish Date
    Jul 2013
    List Price
    $95.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774824828
    Publish Date
    Jan 2014
    List Price
    $32.95

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Sporting Gender is the first book to explore the rise to fame of female athletes in China in the early twentieth century. Gao shows how these women coped with the conflicting demands of nationalist causes, unwanted male attention, and modern fame, arguing that the athletic female form helped to create a new ideal of modern womanhood in China. This book brings vividly to life the histories of these women and demonstrates how intertwined they were with the aims of the state and the needs of society.

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Contributor Notes

Yunxiang Gao is an associate professor of East Asian history at Ryerson University.