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Consuming "The Unfortunate": The Violence of Philanthropy in a Contemporary Chinese State-run Orphanage

Qian, Linliang


Following the Tocquevillian tradition and driven by a neoliberal concern, many China scholars interpret the rise of philanthropy in contemporary China as a sign of the growing "civil society" that will help to democratize the country and improve its citizens' social well-being. However, this paper shows that philanthropy in the Chinese context works to reproduce social inequalities between philanthropists and the subjects they claim to help. My ethnography focuses on philanthropic activities in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Dialectical Anthropology
DOI: 10.1007/s10624-014-9352-3


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