To analyse the relationship between China, patriachy, ageing, and social theory grounded in Judith Butler's notion of performativity.
This is a novel theoretical framework to examine instances of patriachal identities by using China as a case study.
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.
This is a theoretical paper.
It raises questions to relationship of patriachy to understanding Chinese culture.
It is an original paper in that an application of Butler's conceptual tools have bot been applied elsewhere to examining China and ageing.
Powell, J. and Cook, I.G. (2006), "Unpacking performativity: a case study of patriarchy and the elderly in China", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 26 No. 7/8, pp. 277-283. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443330610680371
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