Elderly Care, Intergenerational Relationships and Social Change in Rural China

  • Fang┬áCao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Fang Cao
    Pages 1-30
  3. Fang Cao
    Pages 31-58
  4. Fang Cao
    Pages 177-188
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-199

About this book


This book investigates how rapid socio-political-economic change in China since 1949 has affected intergenerational relationships and practices in rural areas, specifically the care provided to elderly parents by their adult children. It focuses on the lived experiences of rural villagers and their perceptions of the impact of these socio-political changes on intergenerational relationships, care of the elderly, family cohesion, and the traditional value of filial piety. It notably considers the importance of filial piety as a dominant family value, the conflict between strong family bonds and growing desires for individuality and autonomy, the prevalence of migrant work among adult children and the diversification of intergenerational practices, alongside the need for national policy and services development for residential and community-based aged care in rural China.


Rural China and Eldercare Intergenerational Family Practices in Rural China Migrant Work and Care of the Elderly in China Family Bonds and Modern Social Change Social Welfare and the State in China

Authors and affiliations

  • Fang┬áCao
    • 1
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2961-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2962-3
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