Qing Lai photo

The making of family values: Developmental idealism in Gansu, China

Publication Abstract

Lai, Qing, and Arland Thornton. 2015. "The making of family values: Developmental idealism in Gansu, China." Social Science Research, 51: 174-188.

This paper examines the role of developmental thinking in the making of family values. We analyze survey data collected from Gansu Province in China with regular and multilevel logit models. The results show that individuals' endorsement of neolocal residence, self-choice marriage, gender egalitarianism, late marriage for women, and low fertility depends on the conjunction of preference for development and beliefs in its association with those family attributes, which we term developmental idealism associational evaluation. Furthermore, such impact of developmental thinking on family values holds robust in the presence of indigenous ideational forces, in this case Islamic religion. Although Islam influences family values in the opposite direction than developmental ideas do, the effect of Developmental Idealism associational evaluation does not differ significantly between Muslims and non-Muslims.

10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.09.012

PMCID: PMC4359717. (Pub Med Central)

Country of focus: China.

Developmental Idealism series.

Browse | Search | Books | Next

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Davis-Kean discusses Providing Health-informed Education Experiences

Shaefer comments on the impact of social safety net on hunger and poverty during the pandemic.

More News

Highlights

Frey's Social Science Data Analysis Network, SSDAN wins 2020 MERLOT Sociology Classics Award

Doing COVID-19 research? These data tools can help!

More Highlights


Connect with PSC follow PSC on Twitter Like PSC on Facebook