A Localized Culture of Welfare

A Localized Culture of Welfare : Entitlements, Stratification, and Identity in a Chinese Lineage Village

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This book presents an ethnographic account of the significance of kinship in welfare matters in Chinese society. It will be a useful reference book and secondary text for anthropologists, sociologists and university students who are interested in Chinese kinship and welfare issues, the relationship between welfare and culture, and the cultures underlying systems of welfare.show more

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  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739166875
  • 9780739166871

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Through a detailed qualitative analysis of localized welfare practices, Chan examines the continued significance of lineage membership to the economic security and welfare of Hong Kong's lineage villages. ... A Localized Culture of Welfare presents a rich ethnography with a series of stories of the lived experiences and everyday practices of welfare provision by various Pang families and their individual members. Chan's case study offers an example of the ways in which rural and ethnic minority communities in both Hong Kong and China may respond to the gradual retrenchment of the state from welfare provision. This book will be of interest to anthropology students with a focus on Hong Kong and China's changing sociocultural practices of lineage support, as well as to those examining localized practices of welfare provision. The China Journal A Localized Culture of Welfare contributes to our understanding of kinship, welfare, and citizenship. It will be of interest to anthropologists who focus on welfare and security, family and lineage, indigeneity, and the social and political transformation of Hong Kong. American Anthropologist This thesis on welfare and social security in a single-surname community in the New Territories makes an original contribution to the anthropology of Hong Kong, lineage studies, and the anthropology of social security and welfare. Large, single-surname communities have been paradigmatic in the study of Chinese social structure. The author's understanding of what such a lineage actually does for individuals and how it determines rights, rules, and rituals to deal with everyday personal and political issues gives us a refreshing view of lineages in the modern world. The book reveals that patrilineal kinship continues to be an important factor in shaping life in Hong Kong, serving welfare and social security functions not served by the territory's minimalist government. -- Frank Pieke, Leiden University This is the first full-scale study of lineage communities in post-colonial Hong Kong, written by a young anthropologist who writes with skill and real insight. This book can be read as a sequel to the studies by several British and American anthropologists who studied such communities in the 1960s and 1970s. Chan's book will be of great interest to specialists in anthropology, sociology, Asian studies, and culture studies. It brings the story of Hong Kong's lineage communities up to the present. -- James L. Watson, Harvard University, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Universityshow more

About Kwok-shing Chan

Kwok-shing Chan is an anthropologist. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is currently assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University. His research interests are in kinship, property management and property transfer, and pilgrimage and tourism, in Chinese society. He has published articles in journals such as Visual Anthropology and Modern China.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Welfare and Security, an Anthropological Perspective Chapter 1: The Pang Lineage Chapter 2: Living Under Threat? Reactions to Hong Kong's Return to China Chapter 3: Corporate Resources and Financial Security Chapter 4: Communal Safety and Protection Chapter 5: Employment and Care Provisions Chapter 6: Entitlement and Value: Housing Chapter 7: Old Age Welfare and Security Chapter 8: The Religious Pursuit of Welfare and Security Conclusion Methodological Appendixshow more