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Misfortune and what can be done about it: a Taiwanese case study

By Charles Stafford

Abstract

Drawing primarily on ethnographic material from Taiwan, this article focuses on misfortune and, more especially, on the ques- tion of whether people are felt to deserve what happens to them-be it bad or good. I examine the cases of several people who have suffered misfortune in life, exploring ways in which they might actively try to make good things happen as a way of convincing others, and indeed themselves, that they are, after all, good. In considering these cases, I discuss three intersecting accounts of fate that are widely held by ordi- nary people in Taiwan and China: a cosmological one, a spirit-oriented one, and a social one

Topics: GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.3167/sa.2012.560207
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:46387
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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