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- DescriptionNumerous reports of cancer villages have appeared in the past decade in both Chinese and Western media, highlighting the downside of China's ecomic development. Less generally kwn is how people experience and understand cancer in areas where there is agreement on its cause. Who or what do they blame? How do they cope with its onset? Fighting for Breath is the first ethgraphy to offer a bottom-up account of how rural families strive to make sense of cancer and care for sufferers. It addresses crucial areas of concern such as health, development, morality, and social change in an effort to understand what is at stake in the contemporary Chinese countryside. Encounters with cancer are instances in which social and moral fault lines may become visible. Anna Lora-Wainwright combines powerful narratives and critical engagement with an array of scholarly debates in sociocultural and medical anthropology and in the anthropology of China. The result is a moving exploration of the social inequities endemic to post-1949 China and the enduring rural-urban divide that continues to challenge social justice in the People's Republic. In-depth case studies present villagers' fight for breath as both a physical and social struggle to reclaim a moral life, ensure family and neighborly support, and critique the state for its uneven welfare provision. Lora-Wainwright depicts their suffering as lived experience, but also as embedded in domestic ecomies and in the commodification of care that has placed the burden on families and individuals. Fighting for Breath will be of interest to students, teachers, and researchers in Chinese studies, sociocultural and medical anthropology, human geography, development studies, and the social study of medicine.
- Author BiographyAnna Lora-Wainwright is university lecturer in the Human Geography of China at Oxford University, UK.
- Author(s)Anna Lora-Wainwright
- PublisherUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Date of Publication30/05/2013
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Place of PublicationHonolulu, HI
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight680 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
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