Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2004

Abstract

This study uses national data from the 1996 Life History and Social change in Contemporary China survey (N = 3,087) to gauge the effect of the economic transition on parent-adult child coresidence in urban China. Previous studies find that, thanks to state actions, traditional patterns in coresidence persisted in post-Mao urban China. This study still finds high levels of coresidence. China's aging population, coupled with an underdeveloped social security system, means that the traditional role of family will remain strong. It also uncovers three new patterns, however, best explained as caused by changes in the economic realm. First, the coresidence pattern changes over parents' life course, shifting from child-centered to parent-centered as parents age. Second, class differentials begin to emerge, most notably seen in the unique patterns of the entrepreneurial class. Last, gender differentials remain significant, but the tilt toward sons has strengthened.

Keywords

aging, Chinese family, class, coresidence, gender, intergenerational relations, intergenerational relations

Discipline

Asian Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Journal of Marriage and Family

Volume

66

Issue

5

First Page

1231

Last Page

1245

ISSN

0022-2445

Identifier

10.1111/j.0022-2445.2004.00089.x

Publisher

Wiley

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-2445.2004.00089.x

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