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Author Farquhar, Judith, author

Title Gathering medicines : nation and knowledge in China's Mountain South / Judith Farquhar and Lili Lai
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (296 p.)
Contents Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. Institution -- Chapter 2. Knowledge -- Chapter 3. Bodies -- Chapter 4. Plants -- Chapter 5. Encounters -- Conclusions, and Then Some . . . -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix: The Emphasis on "Three Ways and Two Roads" in Zhuang Medicine and Pharmacy -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "The central government of China recently called for all of the nation's registered minorities to "salvage, sort, synthesize, and elevate" folk medical knowledges in an effort create local health care systems comparable to the nationally supported institutions of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gathering Medicines bears witness to this remarkable moment of systematization while sympathetically introducing the myriad therapeutic traditions of Southern China. Over a period of six years, Judith Farquhar and Lili Lai went up into the mountains to work with seven minority nationality groups, observing how medicines were gathered and local systems of knowledge codified. A testament to the rural wisdom of mountain healers, this collaborative ethnography theorizes, from the ground up, the dynamic encounters between formal statist knowledge and the authority of the wild"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Medicine, Chinese -- China, Southeast
Medicinal plants -- China, Southeast
Healers -- China, Southeast
Zhuang (Chinese people) -- Medicine
Yao (Southeast Asian people) -- Medicine
Medicinal plants
Medicine, Chinese
Southeast China
Form Electronic book
Author Lai, Lili, author
ISBN 022676379X