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- DescriptionFrank Dikotter's work analyzes the relationship between medicine and ideas about reproduction in China, from the late Ming to the present. Drawing on sources ranging from treatises on reproductive disorders to flyers advertising freak shows, he shows how the tion of reproduction as a potentially dangerous phemen - one that has to be strictly regulated to safeguard the nation's eugenic future - permeated Chinese society. The process was accelerated by the appropriation of genetics and embryology in the late 19th century and by the publication of works of popular medicine . These historical developments engendered the view that individuals - who were always represented in relation to the larger patrilineal collectivity - should be accountable t only for their own reproductive behaviour, but also for the health of future offspring. Such sentiments still hold sway today. Since Deng Xiaoping's accession to power, human genetics has come to occupy centre stage, as a growing number of socially undesirable traits, including criminality, are attributed to bad genes, which the state seeks to regulate in order to restrict such inferior births . The final part of the book looks at the social, political and cultural context of the controversial eugenics law passed in China in 1995, which potentially endows local cadres and medical authorities with the power of life and death. The ethical and political implications of this legislation are closely scrutinized.
- Author(s)Frank Dikotter
- PublisherC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication01/11/1998
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Content Note10 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
- Weight469 g
- Width138 mm
- Height225 mm
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