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China’s Revolutions and Intergenerational Relations counters the widely accepted notion that traditional family patterns are weakened by forces such as economic development and social revolutions. China has experienced wrenching changes on both the economic and the political fronts, yet from the evidence presented here the tradition of filial respect and support for aging parents remains alive and well.
Using collaborative surveys carried out in 1994 in the middle-sized industrial city of Baoding and comparative data from urban Taiwan, the authors examine issues shaping the relationships between adult Chinese children and their elderly parents. The continued vitality of intergenerational support and filial obligations in these samples is not simply an instance of strong Confucian tradition trumping powerful forces of change. Instead, and somewhat paradoxically, the continued strength of filial obligations can be attributed largely to the institutions of Chinese socialism forged in the era of Mao Zedong. With socialist institutions now under assault in the People’s Republic of China, the future of intergenerational relations in the twenty-first century is once again uncertain.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Figures, Tables, Appendix
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  1. Preface
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  1. Part I Introduction
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  1. 1 China’s Revolutions And Intergenerational Relations
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  1. Part II The Baoding Elderly And Intergenerational Relations: The General Picture
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  1. Family Support For The Elderly In Urban China: An Intergenerational Relations Approach
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  1. Privilege Or Punishment? Retirement And Reemployment Among The Chinese Urban Elderly
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  1. The Persistence Of Family Obligations In Baoding
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  1. Part III The Contours Of Intergenerational Exchanges
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  1. Support Received By The Elderly In Baoding: The View From Two Generations
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  1. Living Arrangements And Old-age Support
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  1. Support For Aging Parents From Daughters Versus Sons
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  1. The Effect Of Parental Investment On Old-age Support In Urban China
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  1. Part IV Intergenerational Relations In China And Taiwan
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  1. Intergenerational Relations In Two Chinese Societies
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  1. Patterns Of Intergenerational Support In Upban China And Urban Taiwan
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  1. Attitudes Toward Intergenerational Relations In Urban China And Taiwan
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  1. Postscript: Filial Support And Family Change
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901500
Related ISBN
9780892641604
MARC Record
OCLC
1184508074
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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