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Inclusion/exclusion : representation of the Vietnamese in French colonial medical discourse

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Title:Inclusion/exclusion : representation of the Vietnamese in French colonial medical discourse
Authors:Iverson, Lara J.
Keywords:Racism in medicine -- Vietnam -- History
Date Issued:2004
Abstract:Similar to other agencies of colonial expansion, medicine permeated multiple political and sociological layers-at home and abroad-during the creation of the French colonial empire. Within the volumes of medical discourse, representation of the Vietnamese served as a barometer for metropolitan politics, reflecting the constantly changing French self-perception during the turbulent decades from the beginning of World War I to the defeat at Dien Bien Phu. Medical texts, as a forum for 'valid' scientific research, codified the tensions between alterity and 'normalcy' within colonial thought, presenting the dissected 'Other' to an eager public. The bodies of their indochinois subjects were a tableau in which not only the political insecurities of France could be etched, but also served to assuage fears about the French place in the 'order of things.'
Description:Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 88-97).
ix, 97 leaves, bound 29 cm
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/11453
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Appears in Collections: M.A. - Asian Studies


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