Governing through the NGO, community eldercare and community building in urban China

Authors: Yi Yu*, University of Oregon
Topics: China, Urban Geography, Geography and Urban Health
Keywords: community, eldercare, state-society, China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Marshall South, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Recently, the Chinese government actively collaborated with non-profit non-government organizations (NGOs) to provide social welfare services to older adults in urban communities. In doing so, community centers became major sites for welfare provision, collaboration between NGOs and local governments, as well as a unit of social control. These s provide profitable services, cultivate close connections with the residents, and report the residents’ knowledge of their local community to the local government, as required by the state-NGO collaboration contract. In this way, the local government governs the local community through the NGOs, while the NGOs strive for profit. Hence, these community eldercare programs not only create mutual benefits for the state and NGOs, but also constitute an entrepreneurial mode of urban governance, whereby social welfare is privatized.

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