INED Population Studies

The Demographic Masculinization of China

Hoping for a Son

Authors: Attané, Isabelle

  • Addresses exhaustively the issue of demographic masculinisation in China
  • Takes account of the 2010 Chinese census data
  • Provides a comprehensive review of the situation of women in China's society​
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This book describes the shortage of girls and women in present day China and focuses on two important features: the sex imbalance in childhood and youth, and the excess mortality of women at various stages of their life. The author analyzes the causes and the processes of a strong preference for sons, which generates discrimination toward females and results in a shortage of girls and women.   China’s higher proportion of men than women is a population characteristic that is shared by very few countries in the world. This demographic masculinity is unprecedented in the documented history of human populations, both in scale and its lasting impact on the numbers and the structure of the population.   Despite the economic boom of recent years, many families in China still consider girls to be less important than boys. Although Chinese women have become largely emancipated since the 1950s, they still do not have the same opportunities for social achievement as men, and Chinese society remains fundamentally rooted in highly gendered social and family roles. As a consequence, Chinese girl babies who have the misfortune to be born instead of a long-awaited son go by various names, such as Pandi (literally "awaiting a son"), Laidi ("a son will follow"), or Yehao ("she'll do too").   The book provides a comprehensive review of the situation of women in China’s society and shows that discrimination against girls and women is part of a system of norms and values that traditionally favours males.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Demographic Masculinization of China
Book Subtitle
Hoping for a Son
Authors
Series Title
INED Population Studies
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00236-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00236-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-00235-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03362-4
Series ISSN
2214-2452
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 198
Additional Information
Original French edition published by INED
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