Yang Xingmei 楊興梅 Shenti zhi zheng: Jindai Zhongguo fanchanzu de licheng 身體之爭:近代中國反纏足的歷程 (The contested body: The Anti-Footbinding Movement in modern China). Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2012. 364 pp. RMB 69. ISBN 978-7-5097-3916-7.

Yang Xingmei 楊興梅 Shenti zhi zheng: Jindai Zhongguo fanchanzu de licheng... Numerous studies have been written about the practice of footbinding and the movements against it, with Dorothy Ko’s 2005 book Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding , the best-known. One may raise the question whether new approaches can be developed to shed new light on this much-studied field. The strength of this new study by Yang Xingmei lies not in providing a new approach or posing a new research question, but in her detailed research of the formation and transformation of the “anti-footbinding” discourse as well as the policies to eradicate the footbinding practice adopted by the Nationalist government, provincial governments, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Republican period. Those who are looking for the female voice will be disappointed by the study’s conventional top-down approach. But for those who are interested in government regulation of women’s bodies in Republican China, ranging from education and persuasion to legislation and coercion, as well as the regional variations of regulation, this study presents the most comprehensive picture of the anti-footbinding campaigns thus far. This book is divided into seven chapters, plus a conclusion. The first two chapters deal with the formation of the “anti-footbinding” discourse and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png NAN NÜ Brill

Yang Xingmei 楊興梅 Shenti zhi zheng: Jindai Zhongguo fanchanzu de licheng 身體之爭:近代中國反纏足的歷程 (The contested body: The Anti-Footbinding Movement in modern China). Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2012. 364 pp. RMB 69. ISBN 978-7-5097-3916-7.

NAN NÜ, Volume 16 (1): 162 – Sep 10, 2014

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Numerous studies have been written about the practice of footbinding and the movements against it, with Dorothy Ko’s 2005 book Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding , the best-known. One may raise the question whether new approaches can be developed to shed new light on this much-studied field. The strength of this new study by Yang Xingmei lies not in providing a new approach or posing a new research question, but in her detailed research of the formation and transformation of the “anti-footbinding” discourse as well as the policies to eradicate the footbinding practice adopted by the Nationalist government, provincial governments, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Republican period. Those who are looking for the female voice will be disappointed by the study’s conventional top-down approach. But for those who are interested in government regulation of women’s bodies in Republican China, ranging from education and persuasion to legislation and coercion, as well as the regional variations of regulation, this study presents the most comprehensive picture of the anti-footbinding campaigns thus far. This book is divided into seven chapters, plus a conclusion. The first two chapters deal with the formation of the “anti-footbinding” discourse and the

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