How to make "Acubabies"

Rocha, Leon (2015) How to make "Acubabies". In: Historical Epistemology and the Making of Modern Chinese Medicine. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 237-268. ISBN 9780719096006

How to make "Acubabies"

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This chapter represents an initial step in a larger project investigating the narratives of Chinese medicine. I argue that we should pay attention to the study of “narratology” and the “narrative acts” in Chinese medicine as well as its epistemology. By foregrounding the issue of “narratives,” I suggest that not only is it important to grasp the construction of Chinese medical knowledge, it is crucial to investigate how such knowledge is framed by or presented via certain “stories” or “plots.” To label these narratives “stories” or “plots” is not to imply that they are somehow “fictional” or “untruthful,” nor is it to suggest that such narrative-making is unique to so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM). Rather, these stories give coherence to a body of knowledge like Chinese medicine; they make it portable, transmissible, comprehensible, identifiable, and attractive to its audiences.

Keywords:Modern Chinese History, History of Medicine, Reproduction and Sexuality
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V241 Chinese History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V140 Modern History
L Social studies > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V232 USA History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:19 Feb 2019 12:39

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