Multiplying possibilities: A postdevelopment approach to hygiene and sanitation in Northwest China (2015)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. Geography
- Science: Journal Articles 
Postdevelopment thinkers and writers have critiqued development discourse for its role in perpetuating inequality. In water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) literature and interventions, the discourse used perpetuates inequality through classing anything other than private toilets as 'without sanitation'. This implies that the people who use forms of hygiene and sanitation relying on collective toilets and alternative strategies are somehow unhygienic. Yet residents of Xining (Qinghai Province, China) rely on hygiene assemblages that do not always include private toilets, but nonetheless still work to guard health for families with young children. In this paper, I develop a postdevelopment approach to hygiene and sanitation based on starting with the place-based hygiene realities already working to guard health in some way, then working to multiply possibilities for future discursive and material hygiene realities. In this approach, contemporary and future realities may look quite different from those based on private toilets.
CitationDombroski, K.F. (2015) Multiplying possibilities: A postdevelopment approach to hygiene and sanitation in Northwest China. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 56(3), pp. 321-334.
This citation is automatically generated and may be unreliable. Use as a guide only.
Keywordshygiene; sanitation; China; postdevelopment; water; toilets
ANZSRC Fields of Research11 - Medical and Health Sciences::1117 - Public Health and Health Services::111707 - Family Care
16 - Studies in Human Society::1604 - Human Geography::160403 - Social and Cultural Geography
09 - Engineering::0904 - Chemical Engineering::090409 - Wastewater Treatment Processes
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Accuracy of buffers and self-drawn neighbourhoods in representing adolescent GPS measured activity spaces: An exploratory study Christensen A; Griffiths C; Gorse G; Radley D; Hobbs, M. (Elsevier BV, 2021)Background: There continues to be a lack of understanding as to the geographical area at which the environment exerts influence on behaviour and health. This exploratory study compares different potential methods of both ...
Variation in health and social equity in the spaces where we live: A review of previous literature from the GeoHealth Laboratory Bowie, C.; Beere, P.; Griffin, E.; Campbell, M.; Kingham, S. (University of Canterbury. Geography, 2013)The previous decade has given rise to the importance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in explaining inequalities in health outcomes between groups based on their spatial location and social background. The GeoHealth ...