Migration, Family, and Masculinity in Postsocialist China
Previous studies of migration, family, and gender in China are lacking in a number of ways—they have prioritized outcome over process and structural principles over emotionality, and they have marginalized conjugality and failed to include men’s voices and subjective experience in the academic literature. This chapter explains how our book departs from previous research in three important respects in order to address these gaps. First, it examines the impact of rural migration on family dynamics and intra-family negotiation processes rather than looking at quantifiable outcomes, as previous studies have done. Second, it specifically considers the emotional dimension of intergenerational dynamics and devotes considerable space to discussing individual agency in conjugal negotiations. Third, it looks at the voices and subjective experiences of male migrant workers and uses peasant men’s experiences and narratives to analyze how migration has transformed the family.
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