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dc.contributor.authorBeck, Fanni
dc.contributor.authorNyíri, Pál
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-16T14:43:06Z
dc.date.available2023-06-16T14:43:06Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.issn0305-7410, 1468-2648
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0305741022000169
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14018/13807
dc.description.abstractMiddle-class parents in China are increasingly torn between the need to secure their child's future in an environment where competition starts in kindergarten and parenting ideologies focusing on the child's individuality, creativity and freedom. Our study, based on ethnographic fieldwork among middle-class Chinese migrants in Budapest, shows that one result of this tension is a new wave of emigration that is justified in terms of securing a relaxed, healthy and free environment for the child. These migrants consciously reject what they see as a materialistic and dehumanizing social environment in China and pursue a “European” lifestyle that they imagine as wholesome and human-centred; yet while they rejoice in the “happiness” of their children, they retain a deep-seated anxiety about their children's future. Thus, the search for a mentally and physically wholesome environment consonant with China's discourse of national revitalization becomes decoupled from its original agenda and triggers a new trend in international mobility. This study illustrates how the broader tensions in the relationship between China's middle class and the state are externalized to the global stage.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.rightsCC BY 4.0
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title“It's All for the Child”: The Discontents of Middle-class Chinese Parenting and Migration to Europe
dc.typeJournal article
dc.source.journaltitleThe China Quarterly
dc.source.volume251
dc.source.spage913
dc.source.epage934
dc.description.versionPublished version
refterms.dateFOA2023-06-16T14:43:06Z
dc.contributor.unitDepartment of Sociology and Social Anthropology
dc.source.journalabbrevThe China Quarterly
dc.identifier.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0305741022000169/type/journal_article


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