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Introduction

RUTH ROGASKI

in Hygienic Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240018
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930605 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240018.003.0001
Introduction

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This book places the meanings of health and disease at the center of Chinese experiences of modernity. It specifically concentrates on the multiple manifestations across time of a single Chinese word: weisheng. The task of connecting the privy to the nation through the thread of hygienic modernity involves several stages and touches upon several different scholarships. The book chooses Tianjin, whose status as a hypercolony placed Chinese urban dwellers under the gaze of several different imperial powers, as the anchor for the study. It then tries to understand how Chinese in various circles brought their own understanding of health and disease to the construction of “hygienic modernity,” a process that Lydia Liu has called “translingual practice.” Moreover, the book is dedicated to tracing the emergence of a hegemonic vision of health as defined by modernizing elites and the state. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in it is given.

Keywords: weisheng; health; disease; hygienic modernity; Tianjin; hypercolony

Chapter.  8704 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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