Ageing, well-being, inequality in later life in China

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This symposium showcases the ongoing work of the core team at University of Manchester from Global Network for Ageing Research on China (GNARC)—the first international research network focused on the ageing of Chinese populations that brings together scholars, public sector and NGOs. We present four papers that concern cross-cutting themes on ageing, gender, care, well-being and inequality in later life in China.
The first presentation, by Nan Zhang, drawing on a qualitative methodology, uncovers the experiences of a marginalised and invisible group of older migrant grandparents in relation to urban migration and provision of child care in post-one child policy China. The second paper, by Jiyao Sun, using a unique longitudinal dataset with an innovative measure of subjective well-being, has found a J-shaped relationship between subjective well-being and age over the life course in China, challenging the U-shaped pattern observed in Western societies. The last two presentations make use of a nationally representative ageing survey: The third presentation, by Jingwen Zhang, adopting a life course perspective and sophisticated mediation analysis, unpacks how gender shapes migration processes in China and associated depressive symptoms in later life. The last presentation, by Shunqi Zhang, drawing on an active and healthy ageing framework, highlights the role of social participation in reducing social isolation and enhancing well-being in later life in China.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Society of Gerontology BSG 2022, 51st Annual Conference
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2022

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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