Evolving Eldercare in Contemporary China

Two Generations, One Decision

  • Lin Chen

Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Lin Chen
    Pages 1-13
  3. Lin Chen
    Pages 109-117
  4. Lin Chen
    Pages 119-140
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 141-213

About this book


With an increasing number of elders moving into nursing homes, the shift from family to nursing home care calls for an exploration of caregiving decision-making in urban China. This study examines how a rapidly growing aging population, the one-child policy, and economic reform in urban China pose unprecedented challenges to the country’s ingrained tradition of family caregiving. It presents interviews of matched elders and their children from a government-sponsored nursing home in Shanghai and analyzes the decision-making process of institutionalization. This book offers fresh insight into the evolving culture and arrangements of caregiving in contemporary Chinese society, illuminating the diverse needs for long-term care of Chinese elders–the world’s largest aging population–in the coming decades.


phenomenology Welfare Social Policy Urban China Retirement Eldercare Healthcare Decision Making Chinese Culture Parent–child relationships parent child

Authors and affiliations

  • Lin Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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