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Integration Processes in the Circulation of Knowledge

Cases from Korea


Marion Eggert and Florian Pölking

Korea, geographically situated at cultural crossroads, has a long history of creative engagement with knowledge from outside sources. This volume discusses processes of knowledge integration – of interpretive adaptation, dissection, selection and re-assemblage, of reduction and amplification, as well as of blending with existing cognitive structures – in pre-modern and early modern times. The articles assembled deal with a wide range of sources (including material objects as carriers of knowledge) and with diverse fields of knowledge, spanning the realms of philosophy, religion, literature, military and technical knowledge, and political thought. Together, they richly illustrate the transformative powers inherent in re-configurations of knowledge.
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Shin Dongwon - Hygiene in Korea Around 1900: Between Civilisation and Colonialism


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Shin Dongwon

Hygiene in Korea Around 1900: Between Civilisation and Colonialism

Abstract A great transformation of hygiene and medicine took place in Korea for three decades after the opening of the nation in 1876. Not only the emergence and development of macroscopic political concepts but also the imports of Western medicine and hygienic knowledge were significant elements of this transformation.

1 Introduction of the Hygiene Concept from the West after the Opening

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