Poverty, Shame and Ethics in Contemporary China

  title={Poverty, Shame and Ethics in Contemporary China},
  author={Lichao Yang and Robert Walker},
  journal={Journal of Social Policy},
  pages={564 - 581}
Abstract Taking China as a critical case, this article questions recent literature that asserts that shame attached to poverty is both ubiquitous and always problematic. In China, the concepts of shame, loss of face, lian (integrity) and mian (reputation) once provided an ethical framework under which the existence of poverty both indicated ineffective governance and provided individuals in poverty with opportunities to demonstrate virtuous behaviour in coping with life’s hardships. Maoist… 
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