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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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The Evolving Moral World of Langzhong

The Evolving Moral World of Langzhong

(p.51) Chapter 2 The Evolving Moral World of Langzhong
Fighting for Breath

Anna Lora-Wainwright

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes the ethnographic setting and provides a historical contextualization of village life in Baoma in order to elucidate what is at stake for villagers in the contemporary period as compared to their past experiences and to those of their neighbors. It begins with a brief social and economic history of the locality since the advent of socialism, focusing on the impact of Mao and post-Mao policies on villagers. It then considers contending forms of morality in the present and their historical antecedents, along with village economy during the period 2004–2005. It also examines the nuclearization of families in Baoma and how nuclear families continue to depend on help from their siblings and their parents. Finally, it discusses the link between pollution and the phenomenon of cancer villages in China.

Keywords:   socialism, morality, village economy, nuclear families, Baoma, pollution, cancer villages, China, cancer

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