• Fang Cao


This study 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. In this introductory chapter, I map out the background of this study and point out how the approaches taken in this study—social exchange theory, Carol Smart’s personal life approach and David Morgan’s family practices approach—might help advance understandings of changes to intergenerational relationships and patterns of elderly care in rural China over the past half-century. In this chapter, I also introduce my use of ethnographic methods and semi-structured interviews in Dougou village, where I conducted my fieldwork.


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  • Fang Cao
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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