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Title: Support for migrant workers' older parents in rural China
Author: Liu, Yuandong
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 8184
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2016
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China is experiencing massive rural-urban migration. The departure of young adults from rural areas poses challenges to traditional old age support arrangements in rural China. Concerning the practice of Confucian filial piety within the context of rural-urban migration, this study aims to explore the extent and dynamics of support among migrant workers' older parents in rural China. By employing a qualitative approach, this study carried out 29 semi-structured interviews in two rural villages and revealed the changing nature of filial piety in modern rural China in the context of rural-urban migration. First, it found that in the wake of rural adult children's migration, an increasing number of rural older parents have begun to spend their old age co-residing with their migrant children in cities. Second, the study reshapes our understanding of the relationship between the land and rural older people's need for physical support. Besides, the study casts light on rural older parents' help-seeking behaviour, revealing the dynamics of their efforts to seek support both from their families and their local communities. findings provide insights for policy makers into ways of improving rural older people's well-being. Further, given China's special social and economic characteristics, this study contributes to enhancing our understanding of support for older people in the context of children's immigration.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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