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Author Lora-Wainwright, Anna, 1979-
Title Fighting for Breath : Living Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village / Anna Lora-Wainwright.
Imprint Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 2013.

Author Lora-Wainwright, Anna, 1979-
Series UPCC book collections on Project MUSE. Global Cultural Studies.
Subject Cancer -- Patients -- Care -- Moral and ethical aspects -- China -- Langzhong Shi.
Cancer -- Social aspects -- China -- Langzhong Shi.
Neoplasms -- epidemiology.
Family Relations -- ethnology.
Patient Care -- ethics.
Social Conditions.
China.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 323 pages : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Cancer and contending forms of morality -- The evolving local moral world of Langzhong -- Water, hard work, and farm chemicals: the moral economy of cancer -- Gendered hardship, emotions, and the ambiguity of blame -- Xiguan, consumption, and shifting cancer etiologies -- Performing closeness, negotiating family relations, and the cost of cancer -- Perceived efficacy, social identities, and the rejection of cancer surgery -- Family relations and contested religious moralities.
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.
Note In English.
ISBN 9780824837976 (electronic bk.)
0824837975 (electronic bk.)
0824836820 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780824836825 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780824836825 (cloth ; alk. paper)
082487109X
9780824871093
ISBN/ISSN 10.21313/9780824837976
OCLC # 853312135
Additional Format Print version: Lora-Wainwright, Anna, 1979- Fighting for breath. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 2013 (DLC) 2012033973