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Death in Beijing : Murder and Forensic Science in Republican China (Hardcover) (Daniel Asen)

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"In this innovative and engaging history of homicide investigation in Republican Beijing, Daniel Asen explores the transformation of ideas about death in China in the first half of the twentieth century. In this period, those who died violently or under suspicious circumstances constituted a particularly important population of the dead, subject to new claims by police, legal and medical professionals, and a newspaper industry intent on covering urban fatality in sensational detail. Asen examines the process through which imperial China's old tradition of forensic science came to serve the needs of a changing state and society under these dramatically new circumstances. This is a story of the unexpected outcomes and contingencies of modernity, presentingnew perspectives on China's transition from empire to modern nation state, competing visions of science and expertise, and the ways in which the meanings of death and dead bodies changed amid China's modern transformation"--
Number of Pages: 258
Genre: Technology
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Science in History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Author: Daniel Asen
Language: English
Street Date: August 31, 2016
TCIN: 51540248
UPC: 9781107126060
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-2090
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