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Author Lynteris, Christos,
Title Ethnographic plague : configuring disease on the Chinese-Russian frontier / Christos Lynteris.
Imprint London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Subject Plague -- China -- History.
Plague -- Russia -- History.
Plague -- Epidemiology.
Social history.
Plague -- history.
Plague -- transmission.
Plague -- ethnology.
Disease Vectors.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice.
China -- History.
Russia -- History.
Europe, Eastern -- History.
China -- ethnology.
Siberia -- ethnology.
Mongolia -- ethnology.
Description 1 online resource
Summary 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.
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.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Online resource, title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed on September 26, 2016).
ISBN 9781137596857 (electronic bk.)
1137596856 (electronic bk.)
9781137596840 (print)
OCLC # 956319296
Additional Format Print version: Lynteris, Christos. Ethnographic plague. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 1137596848 9781137596840