Full Citation: Lavely, W. and Ren, X., “Patrilocality and Early Marital Co-residence in Rural China, 1955–85,” 130 THE CHINA QUARTERLY 378 (1992).
Patrilocality and Early Marital Co-residence in Rural China
The story of the rural Chinese family household in the post-Mao period is generally told in one of three ways, which might be labelled modernization, tradition restored, and demographic determinism. Modernization parallels the family theories of classical sociology: economic development and education tend to undermine extended family living arrangements by instilling nuclear family preferences, while the relaxation of migration restrictions allows young men to seek their fortune away from home. “Tradition restored” sees collectivization as having undermined the foundation of the extended family household, the family economy. The return of family farming has, in this view, restored the conditions under