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Care Work, Migrant Peasant Families and Discourse of Filial Piety in China

Authors: He, Longtao

  • Examines the experiences of migrant peasant workers in China
  • Explores to what extent contextual changes affected practices and experiences of caring
  • Analyzes statements made by migrant peasant workers
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This book examines the experiences of migrant peasant workers in China who care for parents diagnosed with cancer and explores to what extent contextual changes after the economic reform initiated in 1978 affected practices and experiences of caring. In his own attempt to develop a localized methodology, the author considers identifying similarities between Chinese philosophies and Foucault’s theories as the key step for localizing Foucauldian discourse analysis. Three similarities are located and articulated with regard to filial care. Firstly, the complexity of discursive relations identified by Foucault resembles the complicated Chinese notion of the relationality of the self. Secondly, both sides have a tendency to look back to ancient times for solutions and to critique the notion of ‘progress’ in modernity. For Foucault, the way to attain freedom or agency is through technologies of the self, such as speaking truth (parrhesia). Lastly, both value action and practice in their theories. The book then analyzes, through this localized methodological approach, statements made by migrant peasant workers to take readers through their discursive mechanisms to construct filial piety in relation to their subjective care experiences.


About the authors

Longtao He is an associate professor in medical sociology and social work at SWUFE, China. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Qualitative Health Research, British Journal of Social Work, and European Journal of Ageing. His research interests include qualitative health sociology, health social work, and ethics.


Reviews

“In this book, Associate Professor Longtao He conducted a marvelous research on migrant peasant workers’ caregiving experiences in relation to filial piety in China. His research not only sheds light on a more comprehensive understanding towards migrant peasant workers’ complex experiences of caregiving for parents with advanced cancer in China, but also involves methodological innovations in developing a culturally integrated Foucauldian discourse analysis suitable for Chinese matters. The developed theoretical and methodological framework in his book is meaningful well beyond the domain of the Chinese cultural context; it has a great potential to contribute to the continuing refinement of Foucauldian discourse analysis as a qualitative methodology.”

- Professor Huamin Peng (Vice-president of China Association of Social Work Education), Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • The Care Burden of Chinese Migrant Peasant Workers

    Pages 1-25

    He, Longtao

  • A Historical Trajectory of Filial Piety

    Pages 27-50

    He, Longtao

  • Research on Care and Filial Piety in China and Lack of ‘Localised’ Theoretical Grounding

    Pages 51-79

    He, Longtao

  • Foucault and Chinese Traditional Philosophies (Confucianism)

    Pages 81-109

    He, Longtao

  • The Path to a Culturally Integrated Foucauldian Discourse Analysis

    Pages 111-152

    He, Longtao

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Hardcover 114,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Care Work, Migrant Peasant Families and Discourse of Filial Piety in China
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-1880-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-1880-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-1879-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 275
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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