Maternal Bodies, Hearts, and Minds: Family Reform in the PRC, 1949-2021
4: Maternal Body, Age, and Risk: Problematizing Advanced Maternal Age in China since 1949
Friday, March 25, 2022
9:30am – 11:00am EST
Virtual Paper Presenter(s)
Nanjing Medical University, United States
In this paper I investigate how advanced maternal age is problematized in Chinese policy texts since 1949. To reveal the power dynamics embedded in the relationship between maternal body and age, this paper analyses text materials from the family policy, medical reform policy and reports from the People’s Daily. The transformation of body politics, medicalization and gender system are shown in the narratives of risk concerning the delayed motherhood. By stressing the development and complexity of maternal age, this paper shows the dynamic interactions between the reproductive body and society.