Dysfunctional Families in Neoliberal China

Aug 25th, 2016
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Separation of family members has become rampant in the Chinese’s middle and lower classes as they try to eke a living. The change from the socialist status to the adoption of capitalism has made the older members of the family to move away to the cities to work in factories.

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CHINARunning head: DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES IN NEOLIBERAL1The miserable family life of migrant workers in post-socialist ChinaNameInstitutionDYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES IN NEOLIBERAL CHINA2Sometimes change leads to negative transitions in the society. Lixan Fans The Last TrainHome follows the lives of migrant workers in post-socialist China as they compete to fit in theglobal capitalist economy. China, before joining the capitalists economies was a communist andcapitalism is a new phenomenon that has broken the family cords and emotional attachment tocause chaotic strife in the families. Therefore, the new capitalist world is characterized byindividualism, homelessness, poverty and lack of family ties. From this 2009 movie, we canlearn the relationship between a countrys legal institutions and its effects on the social andcultural livesThe film is contextualized in a time when China has shifted from agrarian period to aperiod of industrial revolution, and there is a huge requirement of manual laborers. Nonetheless,due to the high population of China, the monthly payment is very low due to surplus labor andcannot sustain the families in the urban centers as the peasants from rural areas are notrecognized by the government as city dwellers (Wang, 2016 p. 14). Zhang's have not even madeany plans to settle in the city even after 17 years of working there. They have to leave theirchildren in the rural areas because they cannot access public schools in

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