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Introduction to Chinese Families

C. Y. Cyrus Chu and Ruoh‐Rong Yu

in Understanding Chinese Families

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199578092
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578092.003.0001
Introduction to Chinese Families

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This chapter presents a fundamental difference between Chinese and Western families, which has motivated the research topics in this book. Most previous monographs on similar subjects have Western families as the prototype of analysis. It is argued in this chapter that as far as population size, richness of intrafamily interactions, theoretical comparisons, and social contrast are concerned, Chinese families are important research targets, despite the volatile transitions in Mainland China in the past several decades which sometimes disturb social evolution. This chapter explains the methodology applied throughout the book, presents the data sets for our empirical analysis, and sketches the various topics covered in this monograph.

Keywords: family; Chinese families; Western families; population size; intrafamily interactions; social contrast; filial piety; lineage prosperity

Chapter.  8680 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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