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  • Appearing in Public: The Relationships at the Heart of the Nation

    Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

    Chapter from the book: Barnes, N. 2018. Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937–1945.


    In contrast to the disciplinary approach of men in the masculinist state, women who performed health care work followed their female exemplars and employed emotional labor to attain people’s cooperation. As the women performed in public the medical care they had previously done at home, their position as lower-tier medical workers made them the first point of contact for people in need. They offered care to people of different gender, region, and social class and formed the bonds of a national community. Their labor also made the women effective workers in the state’s mission to induct poor people into middle-class behavioral standards.

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    Barnes, N. 2018. Appearing in Public: The Relationships at the Heart of the Nation. In: Barnes, N, Intimate Communities. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.59.c

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    Published on Oct. 23, 2018


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