Anticipating the Chinese century: Risks and responsibilities in Chinas Green Food industry and the SARS epidemic. Megan Tracy

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Anticipating the Chinese century: Risks and responsibilities in Chinas Green Food industry and the SARS epidemic.  by  Megan Tracy

Anticipating the Chinese century: Risks and responsibilities in Chinas Green Food industry and the SARS epidemic. by Megan Tracy
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Based on field research in Beijing and in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the Peoples Republic of China, this study examines the intersection of the governance of food quality and public hygiene with individual and corporate management ofMoreBased on field research in Beijing and in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the Peoples Republic of China, this study examines the intersection of the governance of food quality and public hygiene with individual and corporate management of risk and well-being.

Through the contexts of Chinas Green Food industry and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic, the study presents an ethnography of the expectations that Chinese institutions place on citizens as well as the expectations and understandings that Chinese citizens have for their lives and well-being. These expectations involve the treatment of the population, its hygiene and quality, as an asset to be improved. I argue that this treatment produces quality judgments about how peoples, places and objects help or hinder Chinas striving for a modern future.

This future is to be accomplished through the building of a quality population---a shared responsibility between the state, corporations, and citizens. I demonstrate how quality is inculcated into persons and products through standardization and other techniques, and how a quality citizenry is presumed to demand more environmentally sound and safer products to benefit the nation. I argue that SARS demonstrated the fragility of the nations expectations and reinforced questions about the adequacy of public health and safety systems, citizens knowledge of food sanitation and hygiene regimes, and corporate interest in adopting and maintaining international standards.

This period also demonstrated that ordinary citizens are increasingly held accountable for food safety and public health---domains previously belonging to the state. This study thus highlights two processes taking place in post-reform China: first, the nations desire to be recognized as a fully modern nation brought about by the quality of Chinas regulatory structures and the quality of its citizens- and second, the transformation of the socialist states former obligations for its citizens well-being into a quasi-liberal model involving a variety of actors and institutions and not just the state.



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