Rural Health Care Delivery

Modern China from the Perspective of Disease Politics

  • Yi Hu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

  3. The Emerging Concept of Hygiene and Medicine from the State Perspective

  4. The People’s Medical Care: A Brand New State and the Guideline for Health Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Yi Hu
      Pages 75-81
  5. The Political Aspect of Hygiene: The Patriotic Hygiene Campaign

  6. “China’s Road”: The Cooperative Medical Services

  7. A Public Country: The New Cooperative Medical Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Yi Hu
      Pages 179-193
    3. Yi Hu
      Pages 195-201
  8. Conclusion: Disease Politics: A Nation-State or a Democratic State?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-212
    2. Yi Hu
      Pages 213-224
    3. Yi Hu
      Pages 225-229
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 243-254

About this book


Diseases are everyday, ordinary occurrences intimately related to people’s daily lives. However, as the metaphor of the “Sick Man of East Asia” emerged against the backdrop of a weak modern China, health care and the curing of diseases were turned into grand state politics with far-reaching implications.

This book, starting with the argument for diseases being metaphors, describes and interprets such incidents in China’s history as the Abolishment of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Patriotic Hygiene Campaign and the Cooperative Medical Services. In an effort to reveal the internal logic of disease politics in the transformation of the state-people relationship, the book analyzes key aspects including the politicization and inclusion of diseases in state governance, the double disciplining of hygiene, legitimacy construction of the state, the remaking of the nationals, and the expansion of the “publicness” of the state.

The book argues that disease politics in modern China has developed following the path from nationals to the people, and then to citizens, or from crisis politics and mobilization politics to life politics. In addition, a marked change has occurred in China’s state building: increasingly standard, rationalized and institutionalized means have been employed while the non-standard means, such as  large-scale mobilization and ideological coercion, had been historically used in China.

Authors and affiliations

  • Yi Hu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyJiangxi Normal UniversityNanchangPeople's Republic of China

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