Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China by Lihong Shi

By Lihong Shi

China's patrilineal and patriarchal culture has inspired a long-standing choice for male heirs inside households. Coupled with China's birth-planning coverage, this has resulted in a critical gender imbalance. yet a counterpattern is rising in rural China the place a seen percentage of younger have willingly authorized having a unmarried daughter. they're doing so whilst birth-planning regulations are being comfy and having a moment baby, and the potential for having a son, is a brand new possibility.

Choosing Daughters explores this serious, but principally neglected, reproductive trend rising in China's demographic panorama. Lihong Shi delves into the social, fiscal, and cultural forces at the back of the complicated decision-making means of those to resolve their existence targets and childrearing aspirations, the altering family members dynamics and gender family, and the intimate parent–daughter ties that experience engendered this drastic transformation of reproductive selection. She unearths a modern social strength that fosters China's fresh fertility decline, specifically pursuit of a contemporary kin and winning childrearing completed via having a small family members. via this dialogue, Shi refutes the normal knowing of a common choice for sons and discrimination opposed to daughters in China and counters claims of constant resistance opposed to China's inhabitants keep watch over application.

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Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China

China's patrilineal and patriarchal culture has inspired a long-standing choice for male heirs inside of households. Coupled with China's birth-planning coverage, this has ended in a critical gender imbalance. yet a counterpattern is rising in rural China the place a seen percentage of younger have willingly authorized having a unmarried daughter.

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