Ellen Oxfeld

in Drink Water, but Remember the Source

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260948
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945876 | DOI:

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For the residents of Moonshadow Pond, liangxin (“conscience”) is a core concept. To say that someone has no conscience is to say that he or she is not a moral person. Yet curiously, in both traditional and contemporary China, the analysis of the concept liangxin is undeveloped because liangxin is so central to understanding moral discourse in Moonshadow Pond, this chapter examines its meanings and uses. The chapter's analysis looks at its relationship to other Chinese concepts of morality, as well as its particular uses in Moonshadow Pond. Some scholars have asked if there is a moral system at all in rural China, or if the demise of Maoism with its clear-cut ideology coupled with China's incorporation into the world of global capitalism has left a moral vacuum. Examination of how liangxin is used can certainly help address this question.

Keywords: Moonshadow Pond; liangxin; conscience; China; concepts; morality; Maoism; capitalism

Chapter.  11038 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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