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Anthropological Themes

  • Xu Liu
  • David Burnett


The final chapter explores five main themes that have affected the family during the last 80 years. These relate to the family, land reform and social mobility, the one-child policy, education, and modernization and urbanization. It examines how the family adapted, finding new opportunities for the future. In conclusion, the growth of individualism amongst the Chinese is explored as they are released from the restraints of Confucian society and later the commune system. This allows a discussion of the new levels of individual freedom known to the younger generations: a quest for meaning, a drive for success, a quest for status especially among women, and humanitarian concern.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xu Liu
    • 1
  • David Burnett
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Sichuan Normal UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.ReadingUK

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