Kwok-shing Chan's A Localized Culture of Welfare: Entitlements, PDF

By Kwok-shing Chan

ISBN-10: 0739166875

ISBN-13: 9780739166871

Hong Kong has passed through fast and great social, financial, political and demographic adjustments because the Seventies. This ebook examines significantly the genuine effect of those alterations on a unmarried surname village in rural Hong Kong. It attracts on anthropological fieldwork carried out throughout the past due Nineties and the early 2000s.

This ethnographic research demonstrates that kinship, rather agnatic kinship, has remained a beneficial source for Pang villagers, permitting them to obtain key welfare entitlements, and to safe an outstanding degree of monetary and social overall healthiness. Kinship association has supplied and nonetheless offers (admittedly differential) entry to political patronage and criminal entitlements, monetary counsel and the massive advantages of company property-holding, actual safeguard and political management, employment, care-giving and help networks, housing wishes, outdated age defense, a ritually-imagined neighborhood, with a feeling of religious overall healthiness. Agnatic kinship has been prepared as a company establishment and as a quasi-religious neighborhood wherein great help, safeguard, and privileged entry is supplied for villagers. even as, reliance in this tricky “localized tradition of welfare” has maintained or strengthened the contours of stratification and inequality between Pang villagers, at the same time lineage id has remained principally intact within the face of adjusting exterior circumstances.

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