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By Kwok-shing Chan

Hong Kong has passed through quick and mammoth social, financial, political and demographic adjustments because the Nineteen Seventies. This booklet examines seriously the genuine effect of those adjustments on a unmarried surname village in rural Hong Kong. It attracts on anthropological fieldwork performed through the past due Nineties and the early 2000s.

This ethnographic research demonstrates that kinship, fairly agnatic kinship, has remained a beneficial source for Pang villagers, allowing them to procure key welfare entitlements, and to safe an excellent degree of financial and social health and wellbeing. Kinship association has supplied and nonetheless offers (admittedly differential) entry to political patronage and criminal entitlements, monetary assistance and the mammoth advantages of company property-holding, actual security and political management, employment, care-giving and help networks, housing wishes, outdated age safety, a ritually-imagined neighborhood, with a feeling of non secular health and wellbeing. Agnatic kinship has been prepared as a company establishment and as a quasi-religious neighborhood during which immense help, security, and privileged entry is supplied for villagers. even as, reliance in this problematic “localized tradition of welfare” has maintained or strengthened the contours of stratification and inequality between Pang villagers, at the same time lineage id has remained mostly intact within the face of fixing exterior circumstances.

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