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Chinese Fatherhood, Gender and Family

Father Mission


  • Uniquely explores the impact of fathers on their children’s education alongside topics such as love, masculinity, identity, marriage, economics and feminism

  • Provides in-depth analysis of the dialectical relationship between fatherhood and manhood

  • Focuses on the oft-neglected areas of fathers' everyday lives and agency


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Mario Liong
    Pages 73-107
  3. Mario Liong
    Pages 109-137
  4. Mario Liong
    Pages 139-170
  5. Mario Liong
    Pages 171-186
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-224

About this book


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.



intimate life men women China paternity masculinity tradition sociology Extra-marital Affairs marriage husbands wives Hong Kong class children childhood family father gender

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centennial CollegePok Fu LamHong Kong

About the authors

Mario Liong is Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. Previously he was Post-Doctoral Researcher at Umeå University, Sweden and Assistant Professor at Centennial College, Hong Kong.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Chinese Fatherhood, Gender and Family
  • Book Subtitle Father Mission
  • Authors Mario Liong
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-44185-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-68425-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-44186-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 224
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
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