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The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

Health, Disease and Medical Care1
Health, Disease, and Medical Care
Lawton R. Burns Gordon G. Liu
Introduction

Health, disease, and medical care are enormous topics, each worthy of their own book chapter. Indeed, each is oftentimes the subject of a distinct course in a university curriculum. We define these concepts below.

Long ago, the World Health Organization defined health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Disease is not so easily defined because societal definitions of what disease is have changed over time. This is due to (1) increasing expectations of health, (2) changes in diagnostic ability, and (3) a mixture of social and economic ...

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