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Urban Chinese Daughters

Navigating New Roles, Status and Filial Obligation in a Transitioning Culture

Authors: O'Neill, Patricia

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  • A relevant and timely book that provides research-based insights concerning the changing normative and material contexts of daughters’ support and care for the elderly in rapidly aging Asian societies
  • Captivates first hand accounts which reveal how internalized norms of filial piety are felt and lived from the inside
  • Employs innovative new methodology to explore the support and care involved in caregiving, leading to a more complete understanding of related burdens
  • Essential reading for researchers and policymakers trying to address one of the major societal problems of our time: population ageing and its consequences
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About this book

The lives of urban Chinese daughters have changed. Education and employment have propelled them from dependency to self-sufficiency, resulting in new attitudes and lifestyles. However, traditional filial obligation has remained. This book asks why it continues and how it is currently discharged, focusing on the emotion work daughters do to sustain the parent relationship, deal with conflict and maintain their self-esteem.
Based on interviews with women living in Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China, the book further explores whether the structural or relational motivations underpinning support and care may be less important than the standards daughters impose on themselves; why care may be discontinued or not undertaken in the first place; why care provided to parents may be different from in-laws, and the importance of domestic helpers to the modern caregiving paradigm.
To undertake this exploration, a typology of support and care was created, allowing for the first time to distinguish between what daughters do for healthy parents and in-laws versus parents who require temporary or full time care, specifically addressing how providing support and care affects the daughters’ well-being.

About the authors

Patricia O’Neill is currently a visiting academic at Contemporary China Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Oxford University, UK and an Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, USA. She received her DPhil from Oxford University, Department of Sociology and is an alumnus of St. Antony’s College and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She is a licensed attorney and member of the California Bar.

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“Juxtaposing the Confucian norm of filial piety against the modern Chinese culture, this book provides an in-depth examination of Chinese daughters’ lives, the kinds and frequency of care they provide, the conflict they experience and the impact of caregiving on them. Dr. O’Neill’s scholarly work is a major contribution to the fields of aging and rapidly changing Asian cultures.” (Cheryl M. Svensson, Ph.D., Director of Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-8699-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-10-8698-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Chinese Daughters
Book Subtitle
Navigating New Roles, Status and Filial Obligation in a Transitioning Culture
Authors
Series Title
St Antony's Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-8699-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-8699-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-8698-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 338
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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