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  • Conclusion

    Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

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


    The final chapter brings the gendered history of wartime medicine to bear on postwar state building in the People’s Republic of China. The Communist state recognized women’s instrumental role as liaisons between the state and the public in building local power bases. Using postwar Beijing and Shanghai as examples, it argues that the Communist state did not liberate women as much as rely on them to create the networks that bound people to one another and to the state. Women who did this work employed the same methods and techniques that wartime health workers had used to build the national community.

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    Barnes, N. 2018. Conclusion. In: Barnes, N, Intimate Communities. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.59.g

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    Published on Oct. 23, 2018


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