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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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Responsible Family Men

Responsible Family Men

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Everyday Masculinities in 21st-Century China

Magdalena Wong

Hong Kong University Press

The chapter both stretches out from and synthesizes the husband-wife and father-child dyads. The term 'a real man' is reprised and the different ways this is understood by unmarried partners who combine modern attitudes, such as female rights and independence, with traditional behaviour is contrasted. Men are shown to be simultaneously navigating the roles of father, son/son-in-law, and husband, with big changes in their spousal roles due to ideological changes in women's power, and to enjoy the new role of a more nurturing father. Filial piety is shown to be the single most crucial ideology that governs the parent-child relationship in Chinese culture, both historically and in the present. However, reciprocity now flows both ways and the trend is for prolonged parenting and delayed reciprocation.

Keywords:   husband-wife, father-child, spousal roles, women’s power, filial piety, reciprocity

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