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Care Diamonds and Welfare Regimes in East and Southeast Asian Societies

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This chapter, focusing on "care" provision, offers a new interpretation of the results of comparative research of social networks of the family in contemporary East and Southeast Asian societies employing the idea of welfare mix, and based on this, proposes a framework to discuss the types of care regime in the Asian context. It elucidates the changes in the family and gender that are taking place in East Asia and Southeast Asia as these societies are rapidly being transformed by the economic development that has taken place since the 1980s. The findings from the field studies about the social networks for childcare conducted in each society are brought together and compared in tabular form. For social networks for care of the elderly, the chapter analyzes the living assistance received by the elderly in terms of a number of different categories of people and groups.

Keywords: care provision; childcare; contemporary East society; economic development; social networks; Southeast Asian society; welfare mix



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