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By Professor Bonnie S McDougall, Anders Hansson

Privateness is a simple idea in discussions at the suggestion of human rights. this primary e-book at the (traditional) chinese language method of the topic indicates that options of privateness were a part of discourse in China from the earliest recorded occasions to the current, with various contents, mechanisms, features and values at varied occasions and between assorted teams of individuals. person chapters study inscriptions on early bronzes, scientific case histories within the Ming and Qing dynasties, fictional representations of privateness stories, discussions on private and non-private advantage via Liang Qichao, the position (or absence) of privateness concerns in letters in early imperial China, and the functionality and values of privateness, secrecy and seclusion within the correspondence among Lu Xun and Xu Guangping. because the first remedy of chinese language options of privateness in any language, the publication is interdiscipinary through nature and can pay specific realization to the terminology and technique of privateness reviews.

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Gender matters In my search for boundaries of the social body in medicine, these examples tell me that gender matters. Ming medical illustrations of the body are always of males; I have found only one naked female in my survey of literary woodblock prints: a condemned criminal. ) At first glance, the many well-known taboos that inhib­ ited male physicians at a woman’s bedside would also seem to point to a high threshold of privacy surrounding the female body. Even though my own research into case histories suggests that the pop­ ular trope of the invisible female patient hidden behind the bed curtains was exaggerated, male doctors were advised not to visit sick women unchaperoned.

It describes some social practices which appear to be distinctively Chinese, such as the publication of medi­ cal case histories as narratives of real-life experiences, and the pref­ erence of older married men for a solitary bed, along with other phenomena that are more readily comparable with European tra­ ditions, such as out-of-door consultations in China and surgery performed in European barber-shops. Silber’s article indicates that the author of the novel Hong lou meng shows himself and his characters possessed of a very acute sense of what is private (sexual intercourse, excretion, a woman’s toilet) and of breaches of privacy such as eavesdropping.

21 particulars and universals Towards a global understanding of privacy The absence of academic studies by Chinese scholars on the main­ land or (until very recently) in Taiwan on the study of privacy may have had the effect of inhibiting Western research in this area, while the widespread acceptance of post-colonial theory has also made sinologists anxious to avoid imposing Western notions of privacy. The nine chapters below are the outcome of a workshop on Chi­ nese concepts of privacy held in the Netherlands in May-June 2001.

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