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Disease Prevention and State-building in China: The Rise and Fall of China’s Barefoot Doctor System (1968-1985)

Yang, Litianqing LU (2013) SIMV07 20131
Department of Political Science
Graduate School
Abstract
Barefoot doctor system is an important part of primary health care policy
changes in China after the founding of New China, is a special viewpoint to study
the special period of grassroots political change. Why medical care’s come into
the sight of top leaders at that time? What does medical care system mean to
modern state building? There may be a certain natural link between the body and
the national identity. Barefoot doctors used scientific medicine skills and their
own political and moral advantage to build up a bridge connected the body and
political mobilization. Body-Power-State, this obscure meaning was understood
by the masses through the interpretation of the propaganda machine.
On the basis of previous studies, this... (More)
Barefoot doctor system is an important part of primary health care policy
changes in China after the founding of New China, is a special viewpoint to study
the special period of grassroots political change. Why medical care’s come into
the sight of top leaders at that time? What does medical care system mean to
modern state building? There may be a certain natural link between the body and
the national identity. Barefoot doctors used scientific medicine skills and their
own political and moral advantage to build up a bridge connected the body and
political mobilization. Body-Power-State, this obscure meaning was understood
by the masses through the interpretation of the propaganda machine.
On the basis of previous studies, this article did a systematic historical
analysis of barefoot doctor system from the perspective of state-building,
believing that the need of modern state-building is the main reason for its
generation and decline. This theoretical and empirical trying also reflects the
social logic and governing structure of rural China. The concern in this article is
how barefoot doctors could strengthen patients’ national identity by curing the
diseases.
This study tries to look into the unique health care system phenomena
through the lens of state building theory, which implies that modern state’s
intension to strengthen its state capacity and reorganize the rural area’s governing
structure, gave rise to the rise and fall of the barefoot doctor group who showed
on the modern China’s history stage from 1960s to early 1980s(a period of time
right during the state building process since 1949).
The state foster and strengthen the national consciousness of the people
through the barefoot doctor system; on the other side, barefoot doctor is an
important national political mobilization system implementer, as a representative
of the local forces, is a symbol of driving force of state-building, which is an
important group that respond effectively to the medical needs of rural area. In this
paper, empirical research around the barefoot doctor system is done, trying to
show a picture of the history for a special period of grassroots’ state-building. (Less)
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author
Yang, Litianqing LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV07 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
barefoot doctors, state building, rural medical system
language
English
id
4017814
date added to LUP
2013-09-11 16:16:53
date last changed
2013-09-11 16:21:34
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  abstract     = {Barefoot doctor system is an important part of primary health care policy
changes in China after the founding of New China, is a special viewpoint to study
the special period of grassroots political change. Why medical care’s come into
the sight of top leaders at that time? What does medical care system mean to
modern state building? There may be a certain natural link between the body and
the national identity. Barefoot doctors used scientific medicine skills and their
own political and moral advantage to build up a bridge connected the body and
political mobilization. Body-Power-State, this obscure meaning was understood
by the masses through the interpretation of the propaganda machine.
 On the basis of previous studies, this article did a systematic historical
analysis of barefoot doctor system from the perspective of state-building,
believing that the need of modern state-building is the main reason for its
generation and decline. This theoretical and empirical trying also reflects the
social logic and governing structure of rural China. The concern in this article is
how barefoot doctors could strengthen patients’ national identity by curing the
diseases.
 This study tries to look into the unique health care system phenomena
through the lens of state building theory, which implies that modern state’s
intension to strengthen its state capacity and reorganize the rural area’s governing
structure, gave rise to the rise and fall of the barefoot doctor group who showed
on the modern China’s history stage from 1960s to early 1980s(a period of time
right during the state building process since 1949).
 The state foster and strengthen the national consciousness of the people
through the barefoot doctor system; on the other side, barefoot doctor is an
important national political mobilization system implementer, as a representative
of the local forces, is a symbol of driving force of state-building, which is an
important group that respond effectively to the medical needs of rural area. In this
paper, empirical research around the barefoot doctor system is done, trying to
show a picture of the history for a special period of grassroots’ state-building.},
  author       = {Yang, Litianqing},
  keyword      = {barefoot doctors,state building,rural medical system},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Disease Prevention and State-building in China: The Rise and Fall of China’s Barefoot Doctor System (1968-1985)},
  year         = {2013},
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