The Role of Community Support for the Rural Aged During the Transition in China

Published on 1 January 2011

This study examines the potential for rural communities to generate and allocate resources for rural old age support in the context of decreasing family resources and inadequate state provision.

In-depth interviews with elderly people, their families, community leaders and government officials of three villages respectively, located in three provinces, provide us with clear insights into existing local institutional arrangements for rural old age support and the role of both government and community in organising such programmes.

They confirm that rural communities are able to generate and distribute resources for old age support, to offer community opportunities for social inclusion through fair flows of resources to promote social harmony and stability, and to accelerate economic growth. The findings of the study imply that there is a need for policymakers to link state efforts towards old age protection to rural community development, and to encourage grassroots efforts in old age support.

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published by
Pei, X. and Tang, Y.
CSP Research Report, issue 2


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