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Ethnographic plague : configuring disease on the Chinese-Russian frontier

Author: Christos Lynteris
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
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Challenging the concept that since the discovery of the plague bacillus in 1894 the study of the disease was dominated by bacteriology, Ethnographic Plague argues for the role of ethnography as a vital contributor to the configuration of plague at the turn of the nineteenth century. With a focus on research on the Chinese-Russian frontier, where a series of pneumonic plague epidemics shook the Chinese, Russian and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christos Lynteris
ISBN: 9781137596857 1137596856
OCLC Number: 956319296
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Dedication; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements ; Contents; List of Maps ; List of Illustration ; Chapter 1: Introduction; Plague, a Biological Sketch; Laboratory Transformations of Plague; The Limitations of Laboratory-Centrism; Plague Ethnographies; Gnosiological Enclosures; Local Epidemics, Global Epidemiology: The Scope of Anthropological Critique; Notes; Chapter 2: The Native Knowledge Hypothesis; The Great Siberian Expedition; The Vetlianka Plague; Plague in Transbaikalia; Native Knowledge Hypothesis; International Reception Epistemological Questions and Ethnomethodological Mystification Notes; Chapter 3: Medical Myths and Mythic Medicine; Shape-Shifters; Medical Materialism Applied; Ignoring Inconvenient Ethnographic Data; Ritual into Hygiene; Notes; Chapter 4: Ethno-Geographic Entanglements; Importing Plague; Matignon's International Reception; Zabolotny's Endemic Theory; Dudchenko's Hybrid Hypothesis; Notes; Chapter 5: Anthropological Types and  Clustered Hypotheses; Wu Liande's Ethnographic Narrative; International Reception; Floating Population; Ignorant and Inept; The Two Hypotheses The Summer 1911 Expedition Epidemiological Reasoning; Notes; Chapter 6: Conclusion; Ethnographic Objectifications; Ethnographic Subjects as Subjects of and Against Plague; Functional Unreason; Towards a Critical Epidemiology; Notes; Bibliography; Archival Material and Reports; Published Sources; Index
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Challenging the concept that since the discovery of the plague bacillus in 1894 the study of the disease was dominated by bacteriology, Ethnographic Plague argues for the role of ethnography as a vital contributor to the configuration of plague at the turn of the nineteenth century. With a focus on research on the Chinese-Russian frontier, where a series of pneumonic plague epidemics shook the Chinese, Russian and Japanese Empires, this book examines how native Mongols and Buryats came to be understood as holding a traditional knowledge of the disease. Exploring the forging and consequences of this alluring theory, this book seeks to understand medical fascination with culture, so as to underline the limitations of the employment of the latter as an explanatory category in the context of infectious disease epidemics, such as the recent SARS and Ebola outbreaks.

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