Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Drink Water, but Remember the Source – Moral Discourse in a Chinese Village - California Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Ellen Oxfeld


While many have studied China's recent rise as an economic power, China itself does not exist solely in the economic realm. Ordinary Chinese still place intense value on moral obligations and the nature of the social ties that connect them to others. This study explores the moral sphere as a key to understanding how rural Chinese experience and talk about their lives in this period of rapid economic transformation. The author, who spent time in a village in southeast China's Guangdong Province over the course of a decade and a half, examines both continuities and changes in the local culture. ... More

Keywords: economic power, China, moral obligations, social ties, moral sphere, rural Chinese, economic transformation, Guangdong Province

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520260948
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520260948.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Oxfeld, author