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Moonshadow Pond: Moral Expectations and Daily Life

Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520260948
eISBN:
9780520945876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The idea that there is never closure to any human relationship is a basic assumption for village residents in Moonshadow Pond and it sets the context for this chapter, an exploration of morality and ... More


Weighty Expectations: Women and Family Virtue

Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520260948
eISBN:
9780520945876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines contending ideas about family obligation in Moonshadow Pond. In particular, it explores the evolving and sometimes contradictory expectations surrounding the roles of daughter ... More


Liangxin

Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520260948
eISBN:
9780520945876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

For the residents of Moonshadow Pond, liangxin (“conscience”) is a core concept. To say that someone has no conscience is to say that he or she is not a moral person. Yet curiously, in both ... More


Everlasting Debts

Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520260948
eISBN:
9780520945876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Mourning, memorialization, and care of the dead: no one would dispute that these have long played a dominant role in China. Funerals are still a core ritual in Moonshadow Pond, although they have ... More


Property Rights and Wrongs

Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520260948
eISBN:
9780520945876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines property disputes in Moonshadow Pond. Its aim is not to determine whose argument was legally correct in a particular case, especially because property rules have changed over ... More


“Money Causes Trouble”

Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520260948
eISBN:
9780520945876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter looks at the meanings of wealth and the expectations surrounding wealth in Moonshadow Pond. The divergent discourses about wealth and class circulate in the village. A person might ... More


The Moral Dilemmas of Return Visits

Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520260948
eISBN:
9780520945876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the return visits of these overseas relations and explores the implications of these visits for an understanding of villagers' ideas about obligation in morality. The chapter ... More


Conclusion: Ethnography and Morality

Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source: Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520260948
eISBN:
9780520945876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520260948.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The very critique of a society or regime as lacking in ethics or a moral code is in itself the implicit acknowledgment that the critic still holds on to one. That this critical activity is engaged in ... More


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