The Marginalisation of the Rural Elders

  • Fang Cao


One of the major consequences of the migrant work economy is the decline in the social status of rural elderly people. The diminishing status of the elderly affects them in many ways. In this chapter, I present interview data that demonstrate the marginalisation of the rural elders as a result of the migrant work economy, such as shifts in domestic arrangements, emotional crises among Dougou elders and role reversals between mothers and daughters-in-law. In this chapter, I also note the erosion of traditional customs and the loosening of social controls associated with filialness.


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  • Fang Cao
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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