Book ID: CBB681166550

Body, Society, and Nation – The Creation of Public Health and Urban Culture in Shanghai (2018)


Nakajima, Chieko (Author)

Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 328
Language: English

Body, Society, and Nation tells the story of China's unfolding modernity by exploring the changing ideas, practices, and systems related to health and body in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Shanghai. The pursuit of good health loomed large in Chinese political, social, and economic life. Yet, "good health" had a range of associations beyond individual well-being. It was also an integral part of Chinese nation-building, a goal of charitable activities, a notable outcome of Western medical science, a marker of modern civilization, and a commercial catchphrase. With the advent of Western powers, Chinese notions about personal hygiene and the body gradually expanded. This transformation was complicated by indigenous medical ideas, preexisting institutions and social groups, and local cultures and customs. This study explores the many ways that members of the various strata of Shanghai society experienced and understood multiple meanings of health and body within their everyday lives. Chieko Nakajima traces the institutions they established, the regulations they implemented, and the practices they brought to the city as part of efforts to promote health. In doing so, she explains how local practices and customs fashioned and constrained public health and, in turn, how hygienic modernity helped shape and develop local cultures and influenced people's behavior.

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Review Robert Peckham (2019) Review of "Body, Society, and Nation – The Creation of Public Health and Urban Culture in Shanghai". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 480-482). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Lehtonen, Ulla
Sivonen, Pauli
Keski-Sänti, Jouko
Vuolanto, Ville
Hao, Xian-zhong
Guo, Shi-rong
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Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Georgia Institute of Technology
National University of Singapore Press
University of Minnesota
Harvard University Press
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
East Asia, civilization and culture
Western world, civilization and culture
Medicine and society
Public health
Yu, Yun-xiu
Foucault, Michel
Needham, Joseph
Chang, Jolan
Ding, Fubao
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
17th century
20th century, early
Early modern
Choson dynasty (Korea, 1392-1910)
Shanghai (China)
Middle and Near East

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