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The China Quarterly
AbstractDrawing from ethnographic data from 48 households in four villages in rural Anhui, this study explores how two practices known for upholding son preference are affected by rural–urban out-migration, with a particular focus on the division of labour in agricultural work and patrilocality. The study deploys the concepts of an intergenerational contract and the "unsubstitutability" of sons and finds that a weakening of the intergenerational contract can take place without substantiallydoi:10.1017/s0305741015001198 fatcat:yeadqup4tzhz3ftkxxhliicewu