Re-negotiating Gender

Re-negotiating Gender

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In Chinese societies where both a€œmoneya€ and a€œgendera€ confer power, can a womana€™s economic success relative to her husbanda€™s bring about a more equal division of household labor? Luia€™s qualitative study of a€œstatus-reverseda€ Hong Kong families, wherein wives earn more than their husbands, examines how couples re-negotiate household labor in ways that perpetuate male dominance within the family even when the traditional gender expectation that a€œmen rule outside, women rule insidea€ (nanzhuwai, nuzhunei) is challenged. Going beyond the dyadic negotiation of household labor, this important study also explores the role of a€œthird parties, a€ namely the couplesa€™ children and parents, who actively encourage couples to conform to traditional gender norms, thereby reproducing an unequal division of household labor. Based upon the experiences of families with stay-at-home dads, Lui further identifies a new mechanism of deconstructing gender, by which couples concertedly construct new norms of qworkq and qgenderq that they maintain through daily interactions to fit their atypical relative earnings. As a result, there are sparks of hope that both men and women can be liberated from a set of traditional social norms. Re-negotiating Gender: Household Division of Labor When She Earns More than He Does is essential reading in the fields of family and gender studies, sociology, psychology, and East Asian studies.Regardless of their sex, children in general love to talk with and make jokes with mothers more, seek help from them more, and yearn to sleep with them more. ... Sometimes we ask her silly questionsa€”questions that she cannot answer.

Title:Re-negotiating Gender
Author: Lake Lui
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-09-03

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