Wen-Hua Kuo
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Acupuncture and the techno-politics of bodyscape
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Acupuncture is a peculiar way of reading and treating people via meridians inside their bodies punctuated by regulatory points. However similar they may look, acupuncture points are located and function differently according to the tradition to which they belong. An attempt to harmonize these points was therefore launched by the World Health Organization as a foundation to advance research and learning of acupuncture worldwide. But not much progress has been made since its two attempts at standardization, one from 1983 to 1989 on nomenclature and the other from 2003 to 2008 on location. Departing from a simple interpretation that claims such negotiations as purely diplomatic in the political context of East Asia, this chapter aims to explore the changing meaning of acupuncture points as they are disputed and transformed among the experts assigned to establish standards.

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