Support for migrant workers' older parents in rural China

Liu, Y., 2016. Support for migrant workers' older parents in rural China. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Liu, Y.
Date: December 2016
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed in the first instance to the author.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Nov 2017 11:58
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 11:58
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31958

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