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Masculine Compromise: Migration, Family, and Gender in China

Authors:
Choi, Susanne Yuk-Ping
Peng, Yinni

ISBN:
978 0 520 28828 7
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
200
List price(s):
29.95 USD
24.95 GBP
28.50 EUR

Publication date:
11 March 2016

Short description: 

Drawing on the life stories of 266 migrants in South China, the authors examine the effect of mass rural-to-urban migration on family and gender relationships, with a specific focus on changes in men and masculinities. They show how migration has forced migrant men to renegotiate their roles as lovers, husbands, fathers, and sons.

Full description: 

Drawing on the life stories of 266 migrants in South China, Choi and Peng examine the effect of mass rural-to-urban migration on family and gender relationships, with a specific focus on changes in men and masculinities. They show how migration has forced migrant men to renegotiate their roles as lovers, husbands, fathers, and sons. They also reveal how migrant men make masculine compromises: they strive to preserve the gender boundary and their symbolic dominance within the family by making concessions on marital power and domestic division of labor, and by redefining filial piety and fatherhood. The stories of these migrant men and their families reveal another side to China's sweeping economic reform, modernization, and grand social transformations.

Table of contents: 

Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Migration, Family, and Masculinity in Postsocialist China 2. Marginal Men and China's Grand Narratives 3. Striking a Balance: Courtship, Sexuality, and Marriage 4. Conjugal Power and Diverse Strategies 5. Housework and Respectability 6. Migration, Fatherhood, and Emotionality 7. Filial Piety from Afar: Migrant Sons Renegotiating Elderly Care 8. Masculine Compromise: A Feminist Framework of Changing Masculinity Bibliography Index

Biography: 

Susanne Y. P. Choi is Professor of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Yinni Peng is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

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