Baby steps for China
How has the one-child rule been modified and how are attitudes towards women changing in China?
China took another step towards ending its infamous one-child policy by actively encouraging couples in Shanghai to have two children last summer. The law has already been relaxed several times but this is the most liberal step yet taken - as this case study explains.
Another connected sign of social changes underway in modernising China is a decline in the number of young girls abandoned to orphanages – one of the worst after-effects of the one-child policy when it was first introduced. This article examines how attitudes towards daughters are now changing for couples, especially in rural China.
Information in this article can help with teaching of population policy at all levels from key stage 3 upwards, including AS/A2 and IB diploma courses.
In the Members' Area:
- How is China’s one-child policy changing?
- Why was the one-child policy introduced and what have its effects been?
- The changing geography of gender in developing China
- AS/A2/IB population policy & overpopulation exam tips
- Key Stage 3 Overview