Book ID: CBB112297498

China and the Cholera Pandemic: Restructuring Society under Mao (2021)


Fang, Xiaoping (Author)

University of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 304
Language: English

Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward campaign organized millions of Chinese peasants into communes in a misguided attempt to rapidly collectivize agriculture with disastrous effects. Catastrophic famine lingered as the global cholera pandemic of the early 1960s spread rampantly through the infected waters of southeastern coastal China. Confronted with a political crisis and the seventh global cholera pandemic in recorded history, the communist government committed to social restructuring in order to affirm its legitimacy and prevent transmission of the disease. Focusing on the Wenzhou Prefecture in Zhejiang Province, the area most seriously stricken by cholera at the time, Xiaoping Fang demonstrates how China’s pandemic was far more than a health incident; it became a significant social and political influence during a dramatic transition for the People’s Republic. China and the Cholera Pandemic reveals how disease control and prevention, executed through the government’s large-scale, clandestine anticholera campaign, were integral components of its restructuring initiatives, aimed at restoring social order. The subsequent rise of an emergency disciplinary health state furthered these aims through quarantine and isolation, which profoundly impacted the social epidemiology of the region, dividing Chinese society and reinforcing hierarchies according to place, gender, and socioeconomic status.

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Authors & Contributors
Mosby, Ian
Holland, Michael
Burrell, Sean
Gill, Geoffrey
Park, Se-Hong
Kim, Ock-Joo Cho
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Social History of Medicine
Korean Journal of Medical History
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Historical Research: The Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research
Science Communication
Cambridge University Press
Medical Museum Publishing
Kaplan Publishing
University of Chicago Press
University of California, Davis
Public health
Disease and diseases
Medicine and society
Latta, Thomas Aitchison
Mao, Zedong
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
World Health Organization (WHO)

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