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Article: The impact of modernization and globalization on the perception of the Chinese elderly towards their image and status

TitleThe impact of modernization and globalization on the perception of the Chinese elderly towards their image and status
Authors
KeywordsModernization
Image and Status of Elderly
Ageing in China
Urban and Rural Differences
Issue Date2011
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing. The Journal's web site is located at http://gsj.cgpublisher.com
Citation
The Global Studies Journal, 2011, v. 3 n. 2, p. 43-54 How to Cite?
AbstractAs China develops, it becomes a member of the global world. While the positive aspects of modernization and globalization, such as greater affluence and higher living standard for the people, have often been stressed, few attempts have been made to look at the negative ones. This paper represents such an attempt. Based on a study conducted in the Wuhan city of China, it reports how the Chinese elderly have been affected by the twin processes of modernization and globalization. While the Chinese elderly have benefitted from the developments in the last three decades, with a stark improvement in their living standard, they have also been experiencing a lowering of their elevated positions, a loss in their traditional roles and statuses, and a feeling of inferiority in adapting to a technological advanced society as compared with the younger generations. In short, their image has been tarnished and the age-long tradition of respecting the old in China is now in doubt. While there is no short cut to improving the image of the Chinese elderly, our findings would help better understand both the positive and the negative impacts that modernization and globalization have on their lives.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135474
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dc.contributor.authorBai, Xen_US
dc.contributor.authorChow, NWSen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T01:35:36Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T01:35:36Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Global Studies Journal, 2011, v. 3 n. 2, p. 43-54en_US
dc.identifier.issn1835-4432-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135474-
dc.description.abstractAs China develops, it becomes a member of the global world. While the positive aspects of modernization and globalization, such as greater affluence and higher living standard for the people, have often been stressed, few attempts have been made to look at the negative ones. This paper represents such an attempt. Based on a study conducted in the Wuhan city of China, it reports how the Chinese elderly have been affected by the twin processes of modernization and globalization. While the Chinese elderly have benefitted from the developments in the last three decades, with a stark improvement in their living standard, they have also been experiencing a lowering of their elevated positions, a loss in their traditional roles and statuses, and a feeling of inferiority in adapting to a technological advanced society as compared with the younger generations. In short, their image has been tarnished and the age-long tradition of respecting the old in China is now in doubt. While there is no short cut to improving the image of the Chinese elderly, our findings would help better understand both the positive and the negative impacts that modernization and globalization have on their lives.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherCommon Ground Publishing. The Journal's web site is located at http://gsj.cgpublisher.comen_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Global Studies Journalen_US
dc.rightsThe Global Studies Journal. Copyright © Common Ground Publishing.en_US
dc.rightsNOTICE: Readers must contact Common Ground for permission to reproduce.-
dc.subjectModernization-
dc.subjectImage and Status of Elderly-
dc.subjectAgeing in China-
dc.subjectUrban and Rural Differences-
dc.titleThe impact of modernization and globalization on the perception of the Chinese elderly towards their image and statusen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChow, NWS: hrnwcws@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityChow, NWS=rp00582en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros186872en_US
dc.identifier.volume3en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.spage43en_US
dc.identifier.epage54en_US
dc.publisher.placeAustralia-

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