Anna Lora-Wainwright, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
Guobin Yang, Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, United States
Ralph Litzinger, Duke University, Durham, United States
Michael Hathaway, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada
China’s environmental challenges are an issue of global concern. This however has meant that in much writing on the topic ‘the environment’ has become equated with ‘pollution’. In similar ways, the study of welfare has become synonymous to the study of illness. This book series champions a broad analytical rethinking of these terms, and encourages explorations of their complex interconnections. Practices under scrutiny may range from fengshui and hygiene to farming, forest governance, mining and industry. Topics may be equally wide-ranging, spanning from climate change, waste incineration and cancer villages to everyday environmentalism and cultural and ritual engagements with environment and welfare.
Geographically, the series covers rural and urban areas as well as their growing hybrid meeting point. Interdisciplinary in scope, the series will feature disciplines from across the social science and humanities, including anthropology, sociology, geography, development studies and political science. As a whole, the series promotes a conception of welfare which positions human welfare as part of broader ecological welfare and probes human-ecological interactions. It will make an excellent contribution to the study of China by significantly improving understanding of these major topics and redefining them in a creative and innovative way. The series will also contribute to key debates in Chinese studies on state legitimacy, agency and social change through a close study of these topics.