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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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Gendered Hardship, Emotions, and the Ambiguity of Blame

Gendered Hardship, Emotions, and the Ambiguity of Blame

(p.117) Chapter 4 Gendered Hardship, Emotions, and the Ambiguity of Blame
Fighting for Breath

Anna Lora-Wainwright

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the relationship between cancer and morality by focusing on women's particular experience of hardship, unfulfilled gendered expectations, and emotions as interrelated causes of cancer. It first considers women's perceptions of their hard work in the past and in the present, along with the effects of policy and political economic change during Mao and since reforms on gender relations, gender equality, and women's lives at large. It then examines how two negative emotions, anger and anxiety, contribute to cancer and goes on to discuss the implications of these cancer etiologies for gender, family, and social relations. It explains how such negative emotions, while providing an explanation of why particular individuals develop cancer, allow ambiguity over who is ultimately blamed for it, thereby articulating contrasting values and practices.

Keywords:   cancer, women, hardship, emotions, gender relations, anger, anxiety, cancer etiologies, social relations, blame

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