China and the Cholera Pandemic
Restructuring Society under Mao
China and the Cholera Pandemic reveals how disease control and prevention, executed through the government’s large-scale, clandestine anticholera campaign, were integral components of its restructuring initiatives, aimed at restoring social order. The subsequent rise of an emergency disciplinary health state furthered these aims through quarantine and isolation, which profoundly impacted the social epidemiology of the region, dividing Chinese society and reinforcing hierarchies according to place, gender, and socioeconomic status.
Praise For China and the Cholera Pandemic: Restructuring Society under Mao…
"Through meticulous archival research, including valuable material no longer accessible to the public, and interviews with survivors, Xiaoping Fang has produced a fine-grained study on the cholera epidemic in southeast China in the early 1960s. His lucid account shows how the government’s efforts to manage this disease deepened social divisions and created control and surveillance mechanisms that continue to mold the lives of people in China today—particularly during outbreaks of epidemic disease.” —Hilary A. Smith, author of Forgotten Disease: Illnesses Transformed in Chinese Medicine
"Xiaoping Fang's timely book brings to light an important narrative in the history of public health in the People’s Republic of China for the first time, using an approach that makes the 1962 El Tor cholera outbreak highly relevant for contemporary discussions about medicine, security, and state power in academia and in the public sphere. It represents groundbreaking work to open up new areas of inquiry in PRC history and in the history of epidemiology." —Mary Augusta Brazelton, author of Mass Vaccination: Citizens' Bodies and State Power in Modern China
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822946625, 312pp.
Publication Date: April 13, 2021