Three Metaphors of Illness: a Study of the Relationships between the Individual and the State in the New Life Movement
KeywordsEast Asian Studies
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis thesis borrows Susan Sontag's analysis of "illness as metaphors" and discussed three different disease-related metaphors appeared in China's New Life Movement: disease as a metaphor of invaders; disease as a metaphor of Chinese traditional family; disease as a metaphor of national crisis. By analyzing how these metaphors were used by the state and the Kuomintang government, this thesis studies the increasing intervention of the state’s power in people's everyday life experience, the changing concepts of hygiene, disease, and body, as well as the relationships between the state and the individual in the New Life Movement.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
East Asian Studies