Purpose – To analyse the relationship between China, patriachy, ageing, and social theory grounded in Judith Butler's notion of performativity. Design/methodology/approach – This is a novel theoretical framework to examine instances of patriachal identities by using China as a case study. Findings – Performativity, we suggest, offers productive insights into the processes of subjection and the nature of power relations that may be usefully incorporated into studies of the elderly in China. Research limitations/implications – This is a theoretical paper. Practical implications – It raises questions to relationship of patriachy to understanding Chinese culture. Originality/value – It is an original paper in that an application of Butler's conceptual tools have bot been applied elsewhere to examining China and ageing.
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 1, 2006
Keywords: China; Society; Elderly people
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