Single Male Rural-Urban Migrant Workers and the Negotiation of Masculinity in China

  • Xiaodong Lin


The chapter examines male migrant workers’ articulation and negotiation of being single. A central question is how migrant men make sense of their status of being single. The men recount heteronormative cultural values in relation to the family, which serve as central resources in forging their identities. It highlights that traditional cultural values, such as those attached to being a capable man, are lived out in single migrant men’s everyday lives. More specifically, their articulations regarding “ben shi” (capability) and “mian zi” (the face), in relation to heterosexual relationships and marriage, are central in making sense of the attributes of their masculine identities.


Migrant Worker Single Woman Filial Piety Heterosexual Relationship Masculine Identity 
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  • Xiaodong Lin
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  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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