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Scythe and the CityA Social History of Death in Shanghai$
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Christian Henriot

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804797467

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804797467.001.0001

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Invisible Deaths, Silent Deaths

Invisible Deaths, Silent Deaths

(p.225) 6 Invisible Deaths, Silent Deaths
Scythe and the City

Christian Henriot

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the issue of the “invisible deaths,” those of the most destitute, especially infants and children, whose bodies ended up in back alleys, vacant land, almost everywhere in the city. This was the most gruesome aspect of death as despite its unthinkable magnitude it dissolved under a veil of social invisibility.

Keywords:   body, infant, corpse, administration, charity, poverty

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