Chinese individualization, revisited


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The article critically examines the application of the individualization thesis to China. Factors presented in support of the case for Chinese individualization are shown to be either ambiguous or, on examination, counter-indicators. Family transformations from the Mao period to the present maintain family obligation. Labour migration, rather than leading to individualization expresses family commitment. Rights awareness similarly provides no clear evidence of individualization while rural and labour struggles around collective rights do not support the thesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-23
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • collective rights
  • family obligation
  • kinship and business
  • labour migration
  • party-state


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