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By Kwok-shing Chan

Hong Kong has passed through fast and titanic social, financial, political and demographic adjustments because the Nineteen Seventies. This publication examines severely the true effect of those adjustments on a unmarried surname village in rural Hong Kong. It attracts on anthropological fieldwork carried out throughout the past due Nineteen Nineties and the early 2000s.

This ethnographic research demonstrates that kinship, relatively agnatic kinship, has remained a helpful source for Pang villagers, allowing them to obtain key welfare entitlements, and to safe a superb degree of monetary and social future health. Kinship association has supplied and nonetheless offers (admittedly differential) entry to political patronage and felony entitlements, monetary advice and the monstrous advantages of company property-holding, actual safety and political management, employment, care-giving and help networks, housing wishes, outdated age protection, a ritually-imagined neighborhood, with a feeling of religious healthiness. Agnatic kinship has been prepared as a company establishment and as a quasi-religious neighborhood wherein titanic help, safety, and privileged entry is equipped for villagers. while, reliance in this problematic “localized tradition of welfare” has maintained or strengthened the contours of stratification and inequality between Pang villagers, whilst lineage id has remained mostly intact within the face of adjusting exterior circumstances.

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