A Localized Culture of Welfare: Entitlements, by Kwok-shing Chan

By Kwok-shing Chan

Hong Kong has passed through swift and huge social, financial, political and demographic alterations because the Nineteen Seventies. This booklet examines significantly the genuine effect of those alterations on a unmarried surname village in rural Hong Kong. It attracts on anthropological fieldwork carried out throughout the overdue Nineteen Nineties and the early 2000s.

This ethnographic learn demonstrates that kinship, quite agnatic kinship, has remained a useful source for Pang villagers, permitting them to obtain key welfare entitlements, and to safe an excellent degree of monetary and social healthiness. Kinship association has supplied and nonetheless offers (admittedly differential) entry to political patronage and criminal entitlements, monetary counsel and the colossal advantages of company property-holding, actual safeguard and political management, employment, care-giving and help networks, housing wishes, outdated age safety, a ritually-imagined group, with a feeling of non secular health and wellbeing. Agnatic kinship has been equipped as a company establishment and as a quasi-religious neighborhood by which significant aid, safeguard, and privileged entry is equipped for villagers. even as, reliance in this intricate “localized tradition of welfare” has maintained or bolstered the contours of stratification and inequality between Pang villagers, at the same time lineage identification has remained principally intact within the face of fixing exterior circumstances.

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