Role and impact of the social support system on the well-being of the elderly in China

This research examined how recent changes to the system of formal and informal support for the elderly in China has affected their well-being. The project analysed two unique data sets that provided a wealth of information on the economic and social circumstances of the elderly in China in 1992 and 2000. Collaboration with Chinese researchers on ageing generated new insights into how the circumstances of the elderly are changing in the context of economic transformation and social change. The results had implications for social policy development in China and shed light on the theoretical debate over the role of Confucianism in China’s version of ‘welfare orientalism’.

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Australian Research Council - Discovery Program

Non-Staff Involved

Denise Thompson

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