Hygiene, Sociality, and Culture in Contemporary Rural China: The Uncanny New Village
Amsterdam University Press
EUR 89.00 / GBP 70.00 / USD 110/00
This book presents a new perspective on attempts by the contemporary Chinese government to transform the diverse conditions found in countless rural villages into what the state's social welfare program deems 'socialist new villages'. Lily Lai argues that an ethnographic focus on the specifics of village life can help destabilize China's persistent rural-urban divide and help contribute to more effective welfare intervention to improve health and hygienic conditions of village life.