Research on Chinese Child Care Policy: Based on Gender, Family and Country
Author: Zhang Liang Uploaded Time: 2017-07-25

Since the middle of the 20th Century, a worldwide trend of defamilialization took place and the traditional family care responsibilities got outsourced. This book focuses on Chinese children, trying to sort out the following three core issues: Why such changes happened? How the state "re-allocated the responsibilities and costs of child care?" And, what social consequences did it lead to? By using the methods of empirical research, the integrated use of policy text, statistical data and survey data, this book is a comprehensive study of the origin, content and effect of Chinese child care policy, and a view on the nation and family relations, relationships between gender and national social policy and social inequality. 


Chapter One  Introduction
1.1 Research origin
1.2 Development of the concept of “Taking Care” in research
1.3 Child care and policy research from the perspective of gender, family and country
1.4 Perspectives and methods of analysis
1.5 Structure

Chapter Two  Theoretical Basis for the Formation of Child Care Policy
2.1 Gender Equality: Marx and feminist perspectives
2.2 Family failures: A functionalist perspective
2.3 Civil rights protection: The perspective of civil rights theory
2.4 Market failure: An economic perspective
2.5 Social investment: A new perspective of welfare
2.6 Summary

Chapter Three  Political Origin and Development of Chinese Child Care Policy
3.1 From "family affairs" to "State affairs""
3.2 Back to family 
3.3 Summary

Chapter Four  Content and Evolution of Chinese Child Care Policy
4.1 Public care services policy
4.2 Parental leave policy
4.3 Economic support policy
4.4 Summary

Chapter Five  Practice and Change of Child Care Arrangement
5.1 Family is the major provider of care for children
5.2 Children's opportunities for formal care are gradually expanding
5.3 Mothers are the primary caregivers of young children
5.4 The trend of transferring care delivery to older generation is obvious
5.5 Informal private care services are used less
5.6 Summary

Chapter Six  Social Impact of China's Child Care Policy
6.1 Contradictory performance of child care policy in reducing social inequality 
6.2 Child care policy and gender inequality
6.3 Child care policy and class differentiation
6.4 Child care policy and differentiation between urban and rural areas 

Chapter Seven  International Experience of Child Care Policies and Its Enlightenment in China
7.1 Composition and change of child care policy in Western industrialized countries
7.2 Comparison of child care policy models: Goals, characteristics and determinants
7.3 Socio-economic impact of child care policy
7.4, Enlightenment of western child care policy practice in China

Chapter Eight  Theoretical Thinking and Policy Discussion
8.1 The interaction between the State and the family
8.2 Gender division in child care and equality between men and women
8.3 Direction of action and policy recommendations