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Masculine Compromise"Migration, Family, and Gender in China"$
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Susanne "Yuk-Ping Choi and Yinni Peng

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288270

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288270.001.0001

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Striking a Balance

Striking a Balance

Courtship, Sexuality, and Marriage

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(p.43) Chapter 3 Striking a Balance
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Masculine Compromise
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Susanne Y. P. Choi

Yinni Peng

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288270.003.0003

Chapter 3 explores the dating practices and intimate relationships of young migrant men. Rural-urban migration has broadened the dating options available to these men. Dating and romance in urban areas, however, is a gendered and classed game. Rather than providing a level playing field, urban dating practices constantly remind migrant men of the gap between their earning power and the ostentatious consumer spending that is, for men, the key to success in dating. Migrant men have absorbed Western ideals of love and intimacy that emphasize mutual affection and spiritual kinship between partners. Yet eventually they have to give up their city lovers and return to their rural village to marry a local girl chosen by their parents. These multiple tensions attest to the complex structural and interactional factors shaping migrant men’s decisions about love, intimacy, and sex.

Keywords:   dating, romance, intimacy, sex, marriage, consumption, migration, China, masculinity, migrant men

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