Gender Matters : Rethinking the Childcare Model in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-404
Journal / PublicationChildren and Society
Issue number5
Online published9 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


This study aims to reveal the gendered practices in childcare under the family care model and the effects of these practices on carers in Hong Kong. Familial ideology remains a dominant welfare principle in childcare policy in Hong Kong, which assumes that family care is the best form of care provision. However, this policy assumption fails to respond to the needs in childcare arising from the social changes and development. The suggested possible solution for this issue is the shifting of the family care model to the social care model, in which childcare responsibilities are shared between the family and the state.

Research Area(s)

  • Childcare support, Family care model, Gender ideology, Hong Kong, Social care model