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Fighting for BreathLiving Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village$
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Anna Lora-Wainwright

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836825

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836825.001.0001

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Fighting for Breath

Anna Lora-Wainwright

University of Hawai'i Press

This book examines how families strive to make sense of cancer and care for sufferers in Baoma, a village of 500 residents six kilometers from Langzhong city, China. It considers how villagers in Langzhong understand the development of cancer, how they cope with it, and how it affects and is affected by family relations. Drawing on her interactions with the families of two cancer sufferers, the chapterlooks at the moral economy of cancer and how morality is contested in contemporary China. It also investigates how sufferers and their families deal with problems of access to health care. By studying villagers' attitudes and strategies of care, the chpater highlights the wider dimensions of social and cultural life in contemporary rural China—what she terms “fighting for breath.” It shows that villagers' fight for breath is not only about fighting for survival but also about the search for a moral existence.

Keywords:   families, cancer, Baoma, Langzhong city, China, family relations, moral economy, morality, health care, cancer sufferers

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