Abstract
Family obligation, which has an exceptionally high salience in traditional Chinese society, continues to be significant in contemporary China. In family relations in particular sentiments and practices morphologically similar to those associated with xiao remains intact in so far as an enduring set of expectations concerning age-based obligation continues to structure behavior toward others. Researchers pursuing the theme of “individualization” in Chinese society, on the other hand, argue that family obligations and filial sentiments have substantially weakened. The present paper will show that under conditions of cultural and social change in China filial behavior through family obligation continues to play an important role even though the conventions associated with the relevant expectations, attitudes and emotions have undergone significant change. The paper argues that the culture-system develops not merely through an internal dynamic and that family obligation must be understood in terms of the social and material context in which it operates and the nature of the motivations and imagery of the people that practice it
Keywords filial piety  social welfare  family interdependence  family obligation
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/jtsb.12052
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,379
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Mencius.Ke Meng, Mencius & D. C. Lau - 2009 - Columbia University Press.
The Analects. Confucius - 1996 - Everyman's Library.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Filial Piety, Social Change and Singapore Youth.Elwyn Thomas - 1990 - Journal of Moral Education 19 (3):192-205.
Greater Self, Lesser Self: Dimensions of Self‐Interest in Chinese Filial Piety.Jack Barbalet - 2014 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 44 (2):186-205.
Recent Approaches to Confucian Filial Morality.Hagop Sarkissian - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (9):725-734.
Filial Obligations: A Comparative Study.Cecilia Wee - 2014 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 13 (1):83-97.
Toward a Confucian Family-Oriented Health Care System for the Future of China.Y. Cao, X. Chen & R. Fan - 2011 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36 (5):452-465.
Shifting Perspectives: Filial Morality Revisited.Chenyang Li - 1997 - Philosophy East and West 47 (2):211-232.
Theories of Family in Ancient Chinese Philosophy.Zailin Zhang - 2009 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):343-359.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-02-20

Total views
30 ( #383,514 of 2,519,681 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #406,314 of 2,519,681 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes