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Guanxi: How China Works by Yanjie Bian (review)

Guanxi: How China Works by Yanjie Bian (review) Reviews 183 one of which psychiatry gradually became part. The state—here at the municipal level—is shown to play a limited yet decisive role. All these perspectives are exquisitely embedded in the socio-cultural fabric of a city. The book, with its rich findings and innovative framework, will shed light on future research on mental illness and psychiatry in other major Republican cities as well as in other historical periods in modern and contemporary China. While the subject of the book may seem narrow and esoteric at first sight, it touches upon a wide range of issues and will interest scholars in fields as diverse as medical history, medical anthropology, urban history, and the study of everyday life. Mental health professionals can also learn about their discipline’s past from this beautifully written and accessible text. Particularly important are its implications for the present. As acknowledged in the Conclusion, unprecedented transformations in psychiatry and mental health are taking place in China under new kinds of state-society collaboration and interaction. As these fervent endeavors to enter the “ontological world of scientific modernity” (p. 8) may eclipse the local motivations and strategies that make them possible, it will be worthwhile to follow Baum’s lead http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Guanxi: How China Works by Yanjie Bian (review)

China Review International , Volume 24 (3) – Aug 15, 2019

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Abstract

Reviews 183 one of which psychiatry gradually became part. The state—here at the municipal level—is shown to play a limited yet decisive role. All these perspectives are exquisitely embedded in the socio-cultural fabric of a city. The book, with its rich findings and innovative framework, will shed light on future research on mental illness and psychiatry in other major Republican cities as well as in other historical periods in modern and contemporary China. While the subject of the book may seem narrow and esoteric at first sight, it touches upon a wide range of issues and will interest scholars in fields as diverse as medical history, medical anthropology, urban history, and the study of everyday life. Mental health professionals can also learn about their discipline’s past from this beautifully written and accessible text. Particularly important are its implications for the present. As acknowledged in the Conclusion, unprecedented transformations in psychiatry and mental health are taking place in China under new kinds of state-society collaboration and interaction. As these fervent endeavors to enter the “ontological world of scientific modernity” (p. 8) may eclipse the local motivations and strategies that make them possible, it will be worthwhile to follow Baum’s lead

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 15, 2019

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