China's Environment and Welfare
Asian Studies
Saskia Gieling, Shannon Cunningham (US & Canada)
Anna Lora-Wainwright, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
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.     CHEW Research Group Image

Resource extraction in rural China, 2010. Photo by Anna Lora-Wainwright

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. 

Editorial Board:
- 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

Proposals Welcome:
We invite scholars at any stage of their careers to share their book proposals and draft manuscripts with us on a subject within Asian Studies.

Proposals for monographs or edited volumes should kindly follow the standard AUP Proposal format and should also include the envisaged table of contents or overview of the volume and abstracts of the proposed chapters or articles. 

Further Information:
For questions or to submit a proposal, contact our commissioning editors: Saskia Gieling (Senior Commissioning Editor Asian Studies, and Shannon Cunningham (Commissioning Editor Asian Studies, US & Canada,

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