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Spirit (shen), styles of knowing, and authority in contemporary Chinese medicine

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Studies on the terminology of expert knowledge tend to neglect the relevance of sociological data, in spite of general acceptance that knowledge and social practice are interdependent. This paper explores expert knowledge and practice by examining ‘styles of knowing’ and how they differ according to the ways in which experts establish their authority. For assessing medical authority in microsocial settings, the author takes recourse to Weber’s three ideal types. The study shows that for a ch...

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1023/A:1005529514427

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Springer
Journal:
Culture, medicine and psychiatry More from this journal
Volume:
24
Issue:
2
Pages:
197–229
Publication date:
2000-06-01
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EISSN:
1573-076X
ISSN:
0165-005X
Language:
English
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ora:2309
Deposit date:
2008-09-04

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