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The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China$
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Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, and Xiaobo Zhang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678204.001.0001

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Gender and family

Gender and family

(p.495) 82 Gender and family
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

Yu Xie

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the traditional family system in China. Both gender relations and family forms have undergone tremendous changes in the past few decades. Women’s socioeconomic status has greatly improved and reached parity with that of men on some indicators, although women remain disadvantaged relative to men in terms of labour income, positions of authority, and household labour. Marriage behaviours in China tend to follow patterns observed in the West, such as later marriages, more cohabitation, and more divorce. However, a high proportion of extended families with elderly parents living with their sons remains a distinct character of the Chinese family today, as are parents’ expectations that their adult children will provide them with support in old age.

Keywords:   Chinese family, traditional family, gender, behaviour, marriage, cohabitation, extended family, parents, children

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