In this Book

summary
Numerous reports of “cancer villages” have appeared in the past decade in both Chinese and Western media, highlighting the downside of China’s economic development. Less generally known is how people experience and understand cancer in areas where there is no agreement on its cause. Who or what do they blame? How do they cope with its onset? Fighting for Breath is the first ethnography 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 economies 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.

12 illus.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Guide to Key Places and People
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part 1: Foundations
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. Chapter 1: Cancer and Contending Forms of Morality
  2. pp. 17-50
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 2: The Evolving Moral World of Langzhong
  2. pp. 51-88
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part 2: Making Sense of Cancer
  2. pp. 89-90
  1. Chapter 3: Water, Hard Work, and Farm Chemicals: The Moral Economy of Cancer
  2. pp. 91-116
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 4: Gendered Hardship, Emotions, and the Ambiguity of Blame
  2. pp. 117-143
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 5: Xiguan, Consumption, and Shifting Cancer Etiologies
  2. pp. 144-174
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part 3: Strategies of Care and Mourning
  2. pp. 175-176
  1. Chapter 6: Performing Closeness, Negotiating Family Relations, and the Cost of Cancer
  2. pp. 177-199
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 7: Perceived Efficacy, Social Identities, and the Rejection of Cancer Surgery
  2. pp. 200-229
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chapter 8: Family Relations and Contested Religious Moralities
  2. pp. 230-257
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 258-266
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix 1: Questionnaire (English Translation)
  2. pp. 267-268
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix 2: List of Pesticides Used in Langzhong and Their Health Effects
  2. pp. 269-272
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 273-284
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. References
  2. pp. 285-312
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-BC
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9780824837976
Related ISBN
9780824836825
MARC Record
OCLC
853312135
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.