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A Chinese Second Demographic Transition? A Holistic Approach to Family Life Courses

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  • Tue 26 Jan 2021 13.30 - 15.00
  Add to Calendar 2021-01-26 13:30 2021-01-26 15:00 Europe/Paris A Chinese Second Demographic Transition? A Holistic Approach to Family Life Courses

A presentation within the Inequality Working Group

Family formation in China has undergone dramatic changes. Despite increasing academic attention no research has taken a holistic approach to study life course. In this study, we assess how family life course patterns, complexity, and diversity have changed across birth cohorts. Moreover, we evaluate whether changing norms or economic constraints are driving cohort differences. Data from the China Family Panel Studies and sequence analysis are applied to identify family life course patterns and calculate sequence complexity and normalized distances. While we found a shift in family life course patterns across nearly a century of birth cohorts, there is no evidence that Chinese family lives have become more complex or diverse. To the contrary, our results demonstrate that family life courses have become less complex and are relatively standardized around marriage and a single child. Rather than a second demographic transition, Chinese family demographic behaviour is marked by continuity despite change. 

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A presentation within the Inequality Working Group

Family formation in China has undergone dramatic changes. Despite increasing academic attention no research has taken a holistic approach to study life course. In this study, we assess how family life course patterns, complexity, and diversity have changed across birth cohorts. Moreover, we evaluate whether changing norms or economic constraints are driving cohort differences. Data from the China Family Panel Studies and sequence analysis are applied to identify family life course patterns and calculate sequence complexity and normalized distances. While we found a shift in family life course patterns across nearly a century of birth cohorts, there is no evidence that Chinese family lives have become more complex or diverse. To the contrary, our results demonstrate that family life courses have become less complex and are relatively standardized around marriage and a single child. Rather than a second demographic transition, Chinese family demographic behaviour is marked by continuity despite change. 


Location:
via zoom -

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
Monika Rzemieniecka (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Fabrizio Bernardi
Prof. Juho Härkönen

Speaker:
Prof. Zachary Van Winkle (Sciences Po's Observatoire Sociologique du Changement)
Wen Fangqui (Nuffield College)
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