The Chinese economy is undergoing dramatic changes and the world is watching and changing along with it. The Chinese family is also changing in many ways in response to the economic transformation that is moving the world’s most populous nation from an agrarian economy to a global superpower.
This is the first book in English to describe and explain the social transformation of the Chinese family from the perspective of Chinese researchers. Presenting a comprehensive view of the Chinese family today and how it has adapted during the process of modernization, it provides description and analysis of the trajectory of changes in family structures, functions, and relationships. It tracks how Chinese marriages and families are becoming more diverse and face a great deal of uncertainty as they evolve in different ways from Western marriages and families. The book is also unique in its use of national statistics and data from large-scale surveys to systematically illustrate these radical and extraordinary changes in family structure and dynamics over the past 30 years.
Demonstrating that the de-institutionalization of family values is a slow process in the Chinese context, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Family Policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction XU Anqi 1. Family Structure XU Anqi, XUE Yali 2. Population and Procreation ZHUANG Yuxia 3. Child Care and Nurture XU Zhening 4. The Establishment and Dissolution of Marriage XU Anqi 5. Gender Roles XU Anqi 6. Intergenerational Support LIU Wenrong 7. The Quality of Family Life and Lifestyle ZHANG Liang Afterword XU Anqi
XU Anqi is the Vice-Chairman of the Marriage and Family Research Association of China, and Director of the Family Sociological Committee for the Chinese Association of Sociology.
John DeFrain is a Professor Emeritus of family studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
LIU Wenrong is an Associate Professor of sociology in the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China.