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China Talks: The iFamily: Self, Family and State in the Risk Society
August 25, 2014 - 14:15-16:00
Departing from the theory of individualization, risk society and methodological individualism, the talk will explore the concept of “iFamily” in today’s urban China. The concept emphasizes the identity of the individual upon which the family is constructed. It is generally acknowledged that the modernization process has given rise to the nuclearization of the family with emphasis on emotional functions and on conjugal rather than intergenerational (parent-child) ties.
However, the claim in this talk is that the intergenerational relationship is closer than before. Based on textual and empirical analysis of 46 families in Shanghai, the talk aims to show that the conventional classification scheme of families (nuclear/stem/joint families) has led to “zombie” categories that are far from reality and lack transformative capabilities. The talk explores why intergenerational relations are closer in today’s urban China in line with the intersections of the self, family and state.
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Venue: CSS, Building 35, room 35.0.12