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postgraduate thesis: Invisible distinctions of childrearing by parents and grandparents : two cases in Wuhan

TitleInvisible distinctions of childrearing by parents and grandparents : two cases in Wuhan
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Zhang, X. [张雪菁]. (2016). Invisible distinctions of childrearing by parents and grandparents : two cases in Wuhan. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.
AbstractWith more competition to earn more money to support the family in contemporary China, parents spend less time on their children, particularly in metropolitan cities. Under this circumstances, young parents turn to their parents for help so that an increasing number of grandparents shoulder the tasks of taking care of their grandchildren. However, the responsibilities of grandparent caregivers are more difficult than they expected because previous parenting experiences are less applicable for the new set of challenges in modern life. This leads to ambivalences between parents and grandparents in many aspects, including use of language, leisure activities and behaviors. This thesis concentrates on grandparenting practice in contemporary urban Wuhan, China, focusing on identifying the reasons for grandparenting, and the differences in children caring between the two generations. From the findings, it is easier to understand how families get along with each other in the multi-generations families, and why they have differences concerning children rearing. The research was conducted by case studies of two families. Ethnographic methods were applied to collect information from grandparents, parents, and children who was in primary school. Data gathering included observations and individual interviews. This study contributes to a better understanding of grandparents and parents’ attitudes by one another. This is important because as more young adults who want to have their second child – allowed by the universal two-child policy – the more relevant the phenomenon of grandparenting will be.
DegreeMaster of Education
SubjectParenting - China - Wuhan Shi - Case studies
Grandparenting - China - Wuhan Shi - Case studies
Dept/ProgramEducation
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/240605
HKU Library Item IDb5854333

 

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dc.contributor.authorZhang, Xuejing-
dc.contributor.author张雪菁-
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-06T23:13:48Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-06T23:13:48Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationZhang, X. [张雪菁]. (2016). Invisible distinctions of childrearing by parents and grandparents : two cases in Wuhan. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/240605-
dc.description.abstractWith more competition to earn more money to support the family in contemporary China, parents spend less time on their children, particularly in metropolitan cities. Under this circumstances, young parents turn to their parents for help so that an increasing number of grandparents shoulder the tasks of taking care of their grandchildren. However, the responsibilities of grandparent caregivers are more difficult than they expected because previous parenting experiences are less applicable for the new set of challenges in modern life. This leads to ambivalences between parents and grandparents in many aspects, including use of language, leisure activities and behaviors. This thesis concentrates on grandparenting practice in contemporary urban Wuhan, China, focusing on identifying the reasons for grandparenting, and the differences in children caring between the two generations. From the findings, it is easier to understand how families get along with each other in the multi-generations families, and why they have differences concerning children rearing. The research was conducted by case studies of two families. Ethnographic methods were applied to collect information from grandparents, parents, and children who was in primary school. Data gathering included observations and individual interviews. This study contributes to a better understanding of grandparents and parents’ attitudes by one another. This is important because as more young adults who want to have their second child – allowed by the universal two-child policy – the more relevant the phenomenon of grandparenting will be.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.subject.lcshParenting - China - Wuhan Shi - Case studies-
dc.subject.lcshGrandparenting - China - Wuhan Shi - Case studies-
dc.titleInvisible distinctions of childrearing by parents and grandparents : two cases in Wuhan-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5854333-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Education-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineEducation-
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