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Sex and Desire in Hong Kong$
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Petula Sik Ying Ho and A. Ka Tat Tsang

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139156

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139156.001.0001

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Breaking down or breaking through

Breaking down or breaking through

An alternative way to understanding depression among women in Hong Kong

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Sex and Desire in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139156.003.0007

The case studies of ten Hong Kong women diagnosed with depression demonstrate that depression is not necessarily, but can be, one strategy for dealing with the problems of everyday life. Neither is it always an outspoken critique of the family as an institution and the gender inequality in Hong Kong society. However, depression should never be understood simply as personal or social pathology, but as an attempt to negotiate with social reality. These women used their bodies for experiencing, interpreting, and communicating about emotions and social issues. Depression is one of the strategies these women used to resist social forces and transform them into conditions that made possible the creation of space for personal changes.

Keywords:   Depression, Gender inequality, Social reality, Hong Kong women

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