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Setting the Scene: Dougou Village

  • Fang Cao
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Abstract

In this chapter, I first sketch a brief history of Dougou village since 1949, focusing on the livelihoods of villagers in Mao’s period and the post-Mao period. I then introduce the different ‘generations’ of houses in Dougou since 1949, because of their relevance to villagers’ everyday family life, especially the living arrangements of the elderly villagers and parental obligations to provide houses/rooms for their sons’ families. Finally, the third section elaborates on the local implementation of policies and practices related to elderly care in Dougou. The background information provided in this chapter facilitates deeper understanding of the ethnographic and interview data presented later in the book.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Cao
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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