Children’s Healthcare and Parental Media Engagement in Urban by Qian Gong

By Qian Gong

This e-book analyses parental anxieties approximately their children’s healthcare concerns in city China, attractive with wider theoretical debates approximately modernity, threat and anxiousness. It examines the wider social, cultural and ancient contexts of parental anxiousness through analysing a chain of socio-economic adjustments and inhabitants coverage alterations in post-reform China that contextualise parental stories. Drawing on Wilkinson’s (2001) conceptualisation linking individual’s danger attention to anxiousness, this booklet analyses the located threat stories of oldsters’ and grandparents’, having a look rather into their engagement with a variety of forms of media. It reports the representations of healthiness concerns and health-related dangers in a parenting journal, well known newspapers, advertisement ads and new media, in addition to mom and dad’ and grandparents’ engagement with and reaction to those media representations. by means of investigating ‘a tradition of hysteria’ between mom and dad and grandparents in modern China, this publication seeks so as to add to the scholarship of latest parenthood in a non- Western context.

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For example, the infant mortality rate declined from ¼ to less than 1/20 from 1949 to 1978 (Li 2011, p. 6). The first stage of the development of the healthcare system from 1949 to 1979 provided equitable and affordable access to healthcare for Chinese people and eliminated epidemic diseases, largely fulfilling government goals to achieve ‘equality; prevention; and integration of Chinese traditional and Western medicine’ (Wang et al. 2011, p. 39). This successful stage of the development of the healthcare system was heavily subsidised by the government under a centrally planned economy.

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