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Everyday Masculinities in 21st-Century ChinaThe Making of Able-Responsible Men$
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Magdalena Wong

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528424

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528424.001.0001

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Young Men’s Pursuit of Marriage

Young Men’s Pursuit of Marriage

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(p.47) 3 Young Men’s Pursuit of Marriage
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Everyday Masculinities in 21st-Century China
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Magdalena Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528424.003.0003

The chapter looks at romance and marriage in China, from the popular portrayal in the reality dating show Feicheng Wurao, to the crucial social pressure for men and women to marry. The subjects of the two ethnographic cases are migrant workers who, although they have broken away from the humble rural backgrounds that would disadvantage them in the marriage market, nevertheless still face challenges finding wives. The chapter explicates an intrinsic tension in the hegemonic ideology of able-responsible man between the traditional values of patriarchy and the requirement that modern men are caring, romantic, and egalitarian. Tensions between money and love, male chauvinism and women’s equality, class differences, and the need for a man to be a good husband, father, and son-in-law, are all shown to affect men’s performance in romantic relationships and marriage.

Keywords:   romance, marriage, money and love, Feicheng Wurao, migrant workers, patriarchy, chauvinism, equality, class

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