Between State, Market and Family: Changing childcare policies in urban China and the implications for working mothers

Claire Wallace* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

The participation of women in Chinese society over past decades has been
shaped by the shifting relationships between state, market and society as
these have impacted on public and private spheres of life. The paper looks at
these relations from the point of view of the development of childcare policies
for pre-school children by considering three main phases in the development
of childcare policies in China. It then turns in more detail to the coping
strategies available to working parents in contemporary times. It considers
this in relation to new intersectionalities of gender, generation and income.
Finally the paper looks forward to new policies to better enable the balance of
work and care in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-352
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Sociology
Volume35
Issue number3
Early online date4 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

Keywords

  • Childcare
  • China
  • family
  • gender relations
  • social politics
  • social policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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