Living Translation : Language and the Search for Resonance in U.S. Chinese Medicine, Hardback Book

Living Translation : Language and the Search for Resonance in U.S. Chinese Medicine Hardback


Integrating theoretical perspectives with carefully grounded ethnographic analyses of everyday interaction and experience, Living Translation examines the worlds of international translators as well as U.S. teachers and students of Chinese medicine, focusing on the transformations that occur as participants engage in a "search for resonance" with foreign terms and concepts.

Based on a close examination of heated international debates as well as specific texts, classroom discussions, and interviews with publishers, authors, teachers, and students, Sonya Pritzker demonstrates the "living translation" of Chinese medicine as a process unfolding through interaction, inscription, embodied experience, and clinical practice.

By documenting the stream of conversations that together constitute this process, the book thus traces the translation of Chinese medicine from text to practice with an eye towards the social, political, historical, moral, and even personal dimensions involved in the transnational production of knowledge about health, illness, and the body.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
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  • Category: Complementary medicine
  • ISBN: 9781782383109

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