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Anthropology’s Lihong Shi publishes book on changing family patterns in rural China

Cover of Lihong Shi's book "Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China"Stanford University Press has published Assistant Professor of Anthropology Lihong Shi’s book Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China. The book explores an emerging reproductive pattern in rural China in which a noticeable proportion of young couples have willingly accepted having a single daughter.

Shi delves into the social, economic and cultural forces behind the complex decision-making process of these couples to unravel their life goals and child-rearing aspirations, the changing family dynamics and gender relations, and the intimate parent–daughter ties that have engendered this drastic transformation of reproductive choice.

Read about the book.