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xv, 286 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Foreword / by Stevan Harrell
  • The Tibetan medical house
  • Medicine and religion in the politics and public health of the Tibetan state
  • Narrative, time, and reform
  • The medico-cultural revolution
  • Reviving Tibetan medicine, integrating biomedicine
  • Looking at illness
  • Glossary.
Only fifty years ago, Tibetan medicine, now seen in China as a vibrant aspect of Tibetan culture, was considered a feudal vestige to be eliminated through government-led social transformation. Medicine and Memory in Tibet examines medical revivalism on the geographic and sociopolitical margins both of China and of Tibet's medical establishment in Lhasa, exploring the work of medical practitioners, or amchi, and of Medical Houses in the west-central region of Tsang. Due to difficult research access and the power of state institutions in the writing of history, the perspectives of more marginal amchi have been absent from most accounts of Tibetan medicine. Theresia Hofer breaks new ground both theoretically and ethnographically, in ways that would be impossible in today's more restrictive political climate that severely limits access for researchers. She illuminates how medical practitioners safeguarded their professional heritage through great adversity and personal hardship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295742984 20180416
Green Library
ANTHRO-148-01, ANTHRO-248-01, CHINA-155A-01, CHINA-255A-01
xvi, 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi 1 Introduction 1 I Online Mediations 21 Interlude: Planet Paralyzed 23 2 Mobilizing the Paralyzed Online 25 3 Cyberanatomies of Hope 49 4 Where the Virtual Becomes Visceral 73 II Chinese Experiments 99 Interlude: Ode to Olfactory Ensheathing Cells 101 5 Medical Entrepreneurs 105 6 Borderline Tactics 132 III Heterogeneous Evidence 155 Interlude: Clinical Outcomes 157 7 Seeking Truth from Facts 158 8 i-Witnessing 181 Epilogue: On the Cutting Edge 197 Glossary of Chinese Terms 207 Notes 211 Bibliography 241 Index 287.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691174785 20180416
Thousands of people from more than eighty countries have traveled to China since 2001 to undergo fetal cell transplantation. Galvanized by the potential of stem and fetal cells to regenerate damaged neurons and restore lost bodily functions, people grappling with paralysis and neurodegenerative disorders have ignored the warnings of doctors and scientists back home in order to stake their futures on a Chinese experiment. Biomedical Odysseys looks at why and how these individuals have entrusted their lives to Chinese neurosurgeons operating on the forefront of experimental medicine, in a world where technologies and risks move faster than laws can keep pace. Priscilla Song shows how cutting-edge medicine is not just about the latest advances in biomedical science but also encompasses transformations in online patient activism, surgical intervention, and borderline experiments in health care bureaucracy. Bringing together a decade of ethnographic research in hospital wards, laboratories, and online patient discussion forums, Song opens up important theoretical and methodological horizons in the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine. She illuminates how poignant journeys in search of fetal cell cures become tangled in complex webs of digital mediation, the entrepreneurial logics of postsocialist medicine, and fraught debates about the ethics of clinical experimentation. Using innovative methods to track the border-crossing quests of Chinese clinicians and their patients from around the world, Biomedical Odysseys is the first book to map the transnational life of fetal cell therapies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691174785 20180416
Green Library
ANTHRO-148-01, ANTHRO-248-01, CHINA-155A-01, CHINA-255A-01
xxxv, 229 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Situating the study of rural China's environmental health activism
  • China's "cancer villages": the social, political and economic contexts of pollution
  • "Toxic culture" : the spectrum and origins of resigned activism
  • "Undermining" environmental health: "madness," struggles for clean water, and the challenges of intervention
  • E-waste work: hierarchies of value and the normalization of pollution in Guiyu.
An examination of the daily grind of living with pollution in rural China and of the varying forms of activism that develop in response. Residents of rapidly industrializing rural areas in China live with pollution every day. Villagers drink obviously tainted water and breathe visibly dirty air, afflicted by a variety of ailments-from arthritis to nosebleeds-that they ascribe to the effects of industrial pollution. "Cancer villages, " village-sized clusters of high cancer incidence, have emerged as a political and cultural phenomenon. In Resigned Activism, Anna Lora-Wainwright explores the daily grind of living with pollution in rural China and the varying forms of activism that develop in response. She finds that claims of health or environmental damage are politically sensitive, and that efforts to seek redress are frustrated by limited access to scientific evidence, growing socioeconomic inequalities, and complex local realities. Villagers, feeling powerless, often come to accept pollution as part of the environment; their activism is tempered by their resignation. Lora-Wainwright uses the term "resigned activism" as a lens through which to view villagers' perceptions and the diverse forms of environmental engagement that result. These range from picketing at the factory gate to quieter individual or family-oriented actions. Drawing on her own extensive fieldwork, Lora-Wainwright offers three case studies of "resigned activism" in rural China, examining the experiences of villagers who live with the effects of phosphorous mining and fertilizer production, lead and zinc mining, and electronic waste processing. These cases make clear the staggering human costs of development and the deeply uneven distribution of costs and benefits that underlie China's economic power.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262533850 20180416
Green Library
ANTHRO-148-01, ANTHRO-248-01, CHINA-155A-01, CHINA-255A-01
x, 190 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction : children and the politics of outsourced intimacy in China
  • Relinquished children in an era of "high quality"
  • From "missing girls" to America's sweethearts : adoption and the reversal of fortune for healthy Chinese daughters
  • The West to the rescue? : outsourced intimacy in the tomorrow's children unit
  • The limits of outsourced intimacy : contested logics of care at the Yongping Orphanage
  • The new global market in special needs children
  • Conclusion : retying the red thread.
It's no secret that tens of thousands of Chinese children have been adopted by American parents and that Western aid organizations have invested in helping orphans in China-but why have Chinese authorities allowed this exchange, and what does it reveal about processes of globalization? Countries that allow their vulnerable children to be cared for by outsiders are typically viewed as weaker global players. However, Leslie K. Wang argues that China has turned this notion on its head by outsourcing the care of its unwanted children to attract foreign resources and secure closer ties with Western nations. She demonstrates the two main ways that this "outsourced intimacy" operates as an ongoing transnational exchange: first, through the exportation of mostly healthy girls into Western homes via adoption, and second, through the subsequent importation of first-world actors, resources, and practices into orphanages to care for the mostly special needs youth left behind.Outsourced Children reveals the different care standards offered in Chinese state-run orphanages that were aided by Western humanitarian organizations. Wang explains how such transnational partnerships place marginalized children squarely at the intersection of public and private spheres, state and civil society, and local and global agendas. While Western societies view childhood as an innocent time, unaffected by politics, this book explores how children both symbolize and influence national futures.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781503600119 20160928
Green Library
ANTHRO-148-01, ANTHRO-248-01, CHINA-155A-01, CHINA-255A-01
xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • The birth of nanke (men's medicine)
  • Sexual repression
  • One thousand bodies of impotence
  • Impotence, family, and women
  • The loss of jing (seminal essence) and the revival of yangsheng (the cultivation of life)
  • Bushen (nourishing the kidney), shugan (smoothing out the liver) or taking the great brother (Viagra)
  • Potency is fullness of life
  • Conclusion: If shen (the kidney) is strong, life is good.
Since the 1990s China has seen a dramatic increase in the number of men seeking treatment for impotence. Everett Yuehong Zhang argues in "The Impotence Epidemic" that this trend represents changing public attitudes about sexuality in an increasingly globalized China. In this ethnography he shifts discussions of impotence as a purely neurovascular phenomenon to a social one. Zhang contextualizes impotence within the social changes brought by recent economic reform and through the production of various desires in post-Maoist China. Based on interviews with 350 men and their partners from Beijing and Chengdu, and concerned with de-mystifying and de-stigmatizing impotence, Zhang suggests that the impotence epidemic represents not just trauma and suffering, but also a contagion of individualized desire and an affirmation for living a full life. For Zhang, studying male impotence in China is one way to comprehend the unique experience of Chinese modernity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822358442 20160618
Green Library
ANTHRO-148-01, ANTHRO-248-01, CHINA-155A-01, CHINA-255A-01
xv, 262 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction : an epidemic at the margins of governance and governmentality
  • The state, work, and men's health
  • Constructing the "nanzihan" : hegemonic masculinity in urban China
  • New China, new life ... sex included : negotiating private lives and public discourse in post-Mao urban China
  • Negotiating risk and power : the role of sexual scripts and networks in HIV transmission
  • Tracing the development of China's HIV
  • Engineering a local response to a global pandemic in China
  • Conclusion : going beyond the evidence.
Doing business in China can be hazardous to your health. Occupational Hazards follows a group of Chinese businessmen and government officials as they conduct business in Beijing and western Yunnan Province, exposing webs of informal networks that help businessmen access political favors. These networks are built over liquor, cigarettes, food, and sex, turning risky behaviors into occupational hazards. Elanah Uretsky's ethnography follows these powerful men and their vulnerabilities to China's burgeoning epidemics of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS. Examining the relationship between elite masculine networking practices and vulnerability to HIV infection, Occupational Hazards includes the stories of countless government officials and businessmen who regularly visit commercial sex workers but resist HIV testing for fear of threatening their economic and political status. Their fate is further complicated by a political system that cannot publicly acknowledge such risk and by authoritative international paradigms that limit the reach of public health interventions. Ultimately, Uretsky offers insights into how complex socio-cultural and politico-economic negotiations affect the development and administration of China's HIV epidemic.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804795760 20160619
Green Library
ANTHRO-148-01, ANTHRO-248-01, CHINA-155A-01, CHINA-255A-01