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Neiwai, Civility, and Gender Distinctions

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Title: Neiwai, Civility, and Gender Distinctions
Authors: Rosenlee, Li-Hsiang Lisa
LC Subject Headings: Philosophy
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Issue Date: Mar 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Citation: Li-Hsiang Lisa, R. (2004). Neiwai , civility, and gender distinctions. Asian Philosophy, 14(1), 41-58. doi:10.1080/0955236042000190473
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Abstract: The spatial bipolar of neiwai, that marks proper gender distinctions in the Chinese world, is often assumed to be congruous with the Western dualistic concept of private/ public. However, the neiwai binary in the Chinese imaginary is rather a shifting boundary between what is perceived as central and peripheral, or civil and barbaric. In the following, we will explore the philosophical roots of the term neiwai whose ritual, symbolic functions in the process of genderization are extended beyond gender and are intrinsically intertwined with the very defining features of a civilized society.
Pages/Duration: 19 pages
DOI: doi:10.1080/0955236042000190473
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Asian Philosophy on March 2004, available online:
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