Advertisement

Migrant Work and Economic Change: Effects on Elderly Care and Intergenerational Practices

  • Fang Cao
Chapter

Abstract

In the past three decades, migrant work has transformed family life in rural China. It has brought great changes to the everyday lives of the elderly, and affected the financial, emotional and instrumental care provided to them by their adult children. In this chapter, I introduce the apparent improvement in material life—one of the most obvious changes for elderly villagers under the influences of the migrant work economy. This chapter also includes data on how geographic distance caused by migrant work has affected elderly care, and some elderly villagers’ perceptions regarding the effect of migrant work on intergenerational relationships.

Bibliography

  1. Golley, J., & Song, L. (2010). Chinese economic reform and development: Achievements, emerging challenges and unfinished tasks. In R. Garnaut, J. Golley, & L. Song (Eds.), China: The next twenty years of reform and development (pp. 1–18). Canberra, ACT: ANU E-Press.Google Scholar
  2. Haralambos, M., Holborn, M., & Heald, R. (2004). Sociology: Themes and perspectives (8th ed.). London: HarperCollins Publishers.Google Scholar
  3. Landolt, P., & Da, W. (2005). The spatially ruptured practices of migrant families: A comparison of immigrants from El Salvador and the People’s Republic of China. Current Sociology, 53(4), 625–653.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392105052719CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Mills, C. W. (2000). The sociological imagination. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Morgan, D. H. (2011). Rethinking family practices. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Richardson, L. (1990). Narrative and sociology. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 19(1), 116–135.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Cao
    • 1
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Personalised recommendations