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This paper explores how ideas and practices of elder-care may be changing for the new Chinese middle class. This paper draws on in-depth interviews with the members of different generations of ten middle class families in the Chinese city of Tianjin. It explores how increased resources but also increased pressure are affecting the care of older people and the expectations around elder-care. Thematic analysis of transcripts entered into NVIVO revealed three findings. Firstly, that the generation born in the 1950s and 1960s are often negotiating their care responsibilities between their parents and their grandchildren. Secondly, the only viable elder-care solution for many families is to buy in support from an unregulated market-based home care sector. Thirdly driven by an increasingly postmodern culture, filial piety may be changing from a normative expectation to a set of new practices based on familial reciprocity. The paper concludes by reflecting on the issues that will arise from the proposed raising of the retirement age in China, and the increasing geographic dispersal of generations. Flexible working policies as well as investment in a regulated home care sector are recommended as solutions to be explored.
Author(s): Wang L, Gilroy R, Law A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Plos One
Online publication date: 24/03/2015
Acceptance date: 12/03/2016
Date deposited: 25/03/2023
ISSN (electronic): 1932-6203
Publisher: Public Library of Science
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