Projets achevés

Chinese migrants and their medicine in France (1976-2015) : Circulation of knowledge as a source of innovation in a globalizad world

Responsables scientifiques

Simeng WANG (projet personnel)


• Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société (IFRIS),
• Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée


Bourse postdoctorale IFRIS


This project aims to analyse the production of Chinese medical knowledge’s new forms in French society, in connection with Chinese immigration in France during the period 1976-2015. Several stakeholders are involved in this innovation. At local scale, there are users, practitioners and public authorities in various fields of the French society. At global scale, actors are the Chinese state with his multiple interests, supra-state organizations and other players in global healthcare services market.

The project mobilizes a number of qualitative methods (consultation of archives, ethnography, interviews, observations) and adopts a socio-historical approach. The fieldwork will be done in Beijing, in Geneva, and in Paris. To carry out these studies, I rely on contacts established in hospitals and paramedical fields for eleven years in Beijing and in Paris. This research is structured around two main research axes : 1) The social conditions, either cultural, economic and political, making the TCM’s transnational circulation possible ; 2) The processus of reinterpretation et innovation – from the “top” and from the “bottom” – of TCM in France..

Mots-Clés :
Circulation of knowledge, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese migration in France

Zone géographique :
Chine, Union européenne (France, Suisse)

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