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Capturing Quicksilver: The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in Singapore

Smith, Arielle Ann

978 1 78533 794 9
List price(s):
120.00 USD
85.00 GBP

Publication date:
28 February 2018

Short description: 

Capturing Quicksilver considers the use, promotion, and legislation of Chinese medicine in Singapore in relation to government policies favoring international investment, urban redevelopment, healthcare regulation, multiracial nationalism, and the management of history and heritage.

Full description: 

Since the turn of the century Singapore has sustained a reputation for both austere governance and cutting-edge biomedical facilities and research. Seeking to emphasize Singapore's capacity for modern medicine and strengthen their burgeoning biopharmaceutical industry, this image has explicitly excluded Chinese medicine - despite its tremendous popularity amongst Singaporeans from all walks of life, and particularly amongst Singapore's ethnic Chinese majority. This book examines the use and practice of Chinese medicine in Singapore, especially in everyday life, and contributes to anthropological debates regarding the post-colonial intersection of knowledge, identity, and governmentality, and to transnational studies of Chinese medicine as a permeable, plural, and fluid practice.

Table of contents: 

Preface Acknowledgements List of acronyms List of figures Maps Chapter 1. Mercurial assemblages and analytical bricolage Chapter 2. Chinese medicine unbound Chapter 3. From imaginative geography to collective lobotomy Chapter 4. Power in technique and techniques of power Chapter 5. Making sense and sensation Chapter 6. Heat, health, and the experienced environment Chapter 7. Of nutrients and nourishment Chapter 8. Positionality, power, and the politics of representation Notes Glossary of transliterated terms Bibliography Index


Arielle A. Smith completed her doctorate and postgraduate teaching in medical anthropology at the University of Oxford (2004-2010). She subsequently taught at the University of Montana (2011-2012) and as traveling faculty for International Honors Program/SIT (2012-2014). Most recently, she conducted postdoctoral research at Cermes3 (a joint unit of CNRS, EHESS, and Inserm) in Paris (2015), and preliminary research on anthropological reflexivity and tribal health/ healing in the USA (2016 to date).




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