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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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(p.130) 7 Conclusion
Everyday Masculinities in 21st-Century China

Magdalena Wong

Hong Kong University Press

The conclusion compares the main features of able-responsible man with representations of the ideal man in different cultural, and transnational, settings. The roles of physical strength and sex are considered. There is a critical review of the status of femininity and gender equality in Nanchong, and the culture of emulating exemplary norms in China. Filial piety and a general sense of duty to the nation provide the environment in which the able-responsible man is expected to carry responsibilities for the family, society and nation. Although the hegemonic model identified in Nanchong is coercive and denigrates marginalized men, the nature of the able-responsible man is shown to be essentially positive. The chapter concludes with a reflection on the extent to which the empirical discovery of the able-responsible man is influenced by the ethnographer herself.

Keywords:   ideal man, transnational, physical strength, sex, femininity, gender equality, exemplary norms, ethnographer

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