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This book is about how Chinese men make sense of and practise fatherhood within the context of changing gender conventions and socio-cultural conditions. Liong analyses data from participant observations at a men’s centre, focus groups, and in-depth interviews, to assess the subjective experience and identities of Chinese fathers in Hong Kong, from a gender perspective.
His findings show that economic provision, education, and marriage are the three “natural” and “normal” domains of paternity. Not being able to fulfil these requirements is a threat to fathers’ masculinity, yet is also an opportunity for fathers to reflect upon these accepted conventions. In order to compensate, these men typically develop a closer and more caring relationship with their children, however these fathers still struggle with feelings of inferiority.
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-44186-7
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
- eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
- Print ISBN 978-1-137-44185-0
- Online ISBN 978-1-137-44186-7
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