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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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Marginalized Kinsmen

Marginalized Kinsmen

(p.87) 5 Marginalized Kinsmen
Everyday Masculinities in 21st-Century China

Magdalena Wong

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter considers subordinate and marginalized masculinities. A male interlocutor is seen as a daughter-in-law by the community after being drawn into an uxorilocal marriage. He is contrasted with an angry man who has lost his financial and social capital to become a self-denigrating minor in his extended family and society. Their inferior statuses bring both men into conflict with their fathers- and brothers-in-law, and also lead them inflict to domestic violence and emotional deprivation on their intimate partners as a kind of compensatory manhood. The chapter also touches on a form of fictive brotherhood that is heavily inflected by marginalization. Marginalization is shown to be essentially rooted in power imbalance, and the manhood acts marginalized men engage in as compensatory behaviour often reinforce gender inequality.

Keywords:   subordinate masculinity, marginalization, uxorilocal marriage, compensatory manhood, domestic violence, fictive brotherhood, gender inequality

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