'Who said I was a forced bachelor? 'Single men's voices and strategies in rural China

Authors: Bélanger, Danièle; Zhang, Kun
Edited by: Srinivasan, Sharada
Li, Shuzhuo
Abstract: Single men of China are often portrayed as passive victims of a tight marriage market and referred to as ‘forced bachelors’. This study examines how men and their natal families adjust to the difficulty men experience in finding women to marry. Based on 107 in-depth interviews conducted with men and women of various marital statuses and generations in Shannxi and Jiangsu provinces of China in 2012, this study suggests that agency among single men is exhibited in diverse ways. Our analysis underscores that single men are not passive victims, but, rather, they make choices and seek alternatives in a severely constrained demographic and social environment. Moreover, a comparison of men’s marital strategies in the two fieldwork sites indicates how local marriage markets must be examined in relationship to local marital norms, gendered migration flows and rural-urban regional economic disparities.
Document Type: Chapitre d'ouvrage
Issue Date: 1 January 2018
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/33269
This document was published in: Scarce women and surplus men in China and India
Alternative version: 10.1007/978-3-319-63275-9_4
Collection:Chapitres de livre

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