Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Fighting for BreathLiving Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 01 December 2021

Perceived Efficacy, Social Identities, and the Rejection of Cancer Surgery

Perceived Efficacy, Social Identities, and the Rejection of Cancer Surgery

(p.200) Chapter 7 Perceived Efficacy, Social Identities, and the Rejection of Cancer Surgery
Fighting for Breath

Anna Lora-Wainwright

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines perceptions of cancer surgery from a social, cultural, and historical standpoint by focusing on Gandie's rejection of surgery. After reviewing some developments in health care provision since the founding of the People's Republic of China (1949) at the national, provincial, county, and village level, the chapter looks at some early reactions to the implementation of the rural cooperative medical system (a collective health insurance program) and how it has influenced perceptions of health care as well as patterns of health care access. It also considers the importance of social relations and social identities involved in decision making, suggesting that economic reductionism does not fully explain the complex negotiations surrounding illness and care. It argues that Gandie's rejection of surgery reflects a moral response to the commodification of health care and thus constitutes an active engagement both with the healing process and with values of the Maoist past and the reformist present.

Keywords:   cancer, surgery, health care, cooperative medical system, health care access, health care commodification, healing, social relations, social identities

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.