Continuity or Change? Family Structure and Its Consequences in Transitional China

Continuity or Change? Family Structure and Its Consequences in Transitional China

A Paper by Yang Juhua, Professor of Demography, Center for Population and Development Studies, Renmin University of China, delivered at the 10th Rhodes Forum

With industrialization, urbanization, modernization and globalization, the family institution has inevitably undergone changes. Changing demographic, socioeconomic and cultural forces have jointly brought about profound changes to the family organization. This paper traces the changing trend, patterns and characteristics in family structure, relationships among family members, function and values, in recent years in China.

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