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'Do you eat meat everyday'? Food, distinction and social change in contemporary rural China

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During my fieldwork in rural China, the question of what I was fed by my landlady was a matter of great contention amongst villagers. Locals competing for my (financial?) attention questioned her entitlement and her dignity as a host on the basis of her refusal to purchase meat every day. Criticising her for feeding me poorly emerged as a way to undermine the authority of my host, her ability to care and fulfil her responsibilities to the welfare of her family. This paper will look at eati...

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Institution:
University of Manchester
Series:
BICC Working Paper Series
Publication date:
2007
URN:
uuid:f0997a55-b633-491d-8b89-9f9ba00fe7d9
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ora:6754
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English
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