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Title: Changing perception of the rights and responsibilities in family care for older people in urban China
Author(s): Cheung, Ada Pui Ling 
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: Journal of Aging & Social Policy 
Volume: 31
Issue: 4
Start page: 298
End page: 320
As an ageing society, China has undergone various political and economic transitions since the 1980s, which has raised a series of social and policy concerns about the practicality of relying on family support in the care of older people. To understand the changing social expectations and the corresponding societal responses, the shifting perception of the rights and responsibilities associated with the family care of older people has to be comprehended first. Based on 39 qualitative interviews in two Chinese cities, Beijing and Guangzhou, this research contributes to an understanding of the pursuit of a “good life” by older people in contemporary urban China. It points to the argument that independence and autonomy in old age, as valued by the interviewees, will not be realised unless there is a shift in policy to recognise and respect the individuality of older people and facilitate their life choices.
DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2019.1626324
CIHE Affiliated Publication: Yes
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