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dc.contributor.advisorDilley, Roy
dc.contributor.authorLynteris, Christos
dc.description.abstractBased on extended research on Chinese medical and epidemiological archival material dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, and on six months of internship in epidemiology in Beijing’s Medical School and in Haidian District’s Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, this thesis explores the conjunction of three major epidemiological crises in modern Chinese history with processes of State formation: the 1911 Manchurian pneumonic plague, the 1952 germ-warfare, and the 2003 SARS outbreak. Analysing the three crises as Events in line with Alain Badiou’s epistemology it seeks to establish how different strategies of governmental fidelity to the imagined cause of each crisis have led to distinct modes of organisation and valorisation of the social: Republican China and its decline to fascism; the clash between professional revolutionaries and technocrats in Maoist China; and the emergence of the “Harmonious Society” of mass exploitation and repression today. This conjunction between State formation and epidemiological Events is explored with the use of Foucault’s genealogical method in a quest for a historical materialist approach that posits at its epicentre processes of class composition, decomposition and recomposition, and their contested enclosure by the governmental apparati of capture. The present thesis thus examines the three major epidemiological crises of modern China as forming grounds for biopolitical strategies that give rise to modes of subjectivation and circuits of debt/guilt within the context of the class struggle. And at the same time, it aims to create a new field of investigation for anthropology: the relation of State and Event, from a viewpoint that contests the accepted relation of event and structure expounded by Marshall Sahlins, proposing as the main object of this investigation the conjunction between necessity and will that can never be reduced either to the naturalism of historical determinism, nor to the culturalism of subjective contingency.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
dc.subjectMichel Foucaulten_US
dc.subjectAlain Badiouen_US
dc.subjectBiological warfareen_US
dc.subjectMedical policeen_US
dc.subjectMass mobilisationen_US
dc.subjectHarmonious societyen_US
dc.subjectBarefoot doctorsen_US
dc.subjectFloating populationen_US
dc.subject.lcshState, The--Chinaen_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial conflict--Chinaen_US
dc.titleEpidemic events : state-formation, class struggle and biopolitics in three epidemic crises of modern Chinaen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorCarnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotlanden_US
dc.contributor.sponsorThomas and Margaret Roddan Trusten_US
dc.contributor.sponsorRussell Trusten_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted permanentlyen_US

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