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Article: Senses, Sociality and Salons: Medicinal Hospitality in a Chinese Hair-Dresser's Salon

TitleSenses, Sociality and Salons: Medicinal Hospitality in a Chinese Hair-Dresser's Salon
Authors
KeywordsHospitality
Senses
Traditional Chinese medicine
Anthropology
China
Consumption
Issue Date2016
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00141844.asp
Citation
Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 2016, v. 81 n. 2, p. 189-213 How to Cite?
AbstractRecent calls for a revitalisation of the study of hospitality as central to anthropological theory have focussed on the material, affective, moral and cosmological aspects of hospitality. This paper argues that any such theory of hospitality should also afford consideration of how hosting practices can also be a form of medicinal experience, showing how in a Chinese hair salon these experiences ricochet into ideas of well-being by drawing on discourses and practices that are grounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This paper argues for an understanding of the dispersed and diffused nature of Chinese medicinal practices and concepts throughout society, while still taking into account the specificities and logics of the Chinese medical tradition. The concept of ‘medicinal hospitality’ helps to understand the social nature of these ostensibly medical treatments, and how they use the creation of distinct sensory experiences which are shared between groups of customers to generate social relations.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216107
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.765
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.912

 

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dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, TN-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-25T03:13:54Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-25T03:13:54Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationEthnos: Journal of Anthropology, 2016, v. 81 n. 2, p. 189-213-
dc.identifier.issn0014-1844-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216107-
dc.description.abstractRecent calls for a revitalisation of the study of hospitality as central to anthropological theory have focussed on the material, affective, moral and cosmological aspects of hospitality. This paper argues that any such theory of hospitality should also afford consideration of how hosting practices can also be a form of medicinal experience, showing how in a Chinese hair salon these experiences ricochet into ideas of well-being by drawing on discourses and practices that are grounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This paper argues for an understanding of the dispersed and diffused nature of Chinese medicinal practices and concepts throughout society, while still taking into account the specificities and logics of the Chinese medical tradition. The concept of ‘medicinal hospitality’ helps to understand the social nature of these ostensibly medical treatments, and how they use the creation of distinct sensory experiences which are shared between groups of customers to generate social relations.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00141844.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofEthnos: Journal of Anthropology-
dc.rightsPostprint: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology on 2014, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00141844.2014.912247-
dc.subjectHospitality-
dc.subjectSenses-
dc.subjectTraditional Chinese medicine-
dc.subjectAnthropology-
dc.subjectChina-
dc.subjectConsumption-
dc.titleSenses, Sociality and Salons: Medicinal Hospitality in a Chinese Hair-Dresser's Salon-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailMcDonald, TN: mcdonald@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityMcDonald, TN=rp02060-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00141844.2014.912247-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84900368204-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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