Migrant Work and Economic Change: Effects on Elderly Care and Intergenerational Practices
In the past three decades, migrant work has transformed family life in rural China. It has brought great changes to the everyday lives of the elderly, and affected the financial, emotional and instrumental care provided to them by their adult children. In this chapter, I introduce the apparent improvement in material life—one of the most obvious changes for elderly villagers under the influences of the migrant work economy. This chapter also includes data on how geographic distance caused by migrant work has affected elderly care, and some elderly villagers’ perceptions regarding the effect of migrant work on intergenerational relationships.
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