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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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Cancer and Contending Forms of Morality

Cancer and Contending Forms of Morality

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(p.17) Chapter 1 Cancer and Contending Forms of Morality
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Fighting for Breath
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Anna Lora-Wainwright

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836825.003.0002

This chapter discusses relevant areas in the anthropology of suffering and the ethnography of rural China, with particular emphasis on social suffering, subjectivity, family management of illness, cancer etiologies, and moral economy and morality. It begins with an overview of the link between critical medical anthropology and health inequalities before explaining the concept of social suffering within the context of cancer. It then considers villagers' multifaceted and situationally contingent narratives about cancer causality and practices of care and how they are embedded in a larger moral economy discourse. It also examines villagers' efforts to inhabit moral worlds and to make sense of the difficulties and suffering posed by cancer.

Keywords:   ethnography, rural China, social suffering, subjectivity, cancer etiologies, moral economy, morality, medical anthropology, health inequalities, cancer

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