Xiangce, les albums photos prémaritaux chinois : ce que les imaginaires visuels hybrides des fiancés nous disent sur les transformations du mariage en Chine urbaine contemporaine

Authors: Savolle, Adrien
Advisor: Henrion-Dourcy, Isabelle
Abstract: Based on the analysis of ten premarital photo albums as well as interviews and direct observations conducted in urban areas of Mainland China, this M.A. thesis seeks to understand how the social imaginaries experienced in these photos by young Chinese in the process of marriage, captured the evolution of their desires, whether the emphasis is put on the couple itself or social success. Considering that these social imaginaries are in fact hybrid, meaning that they were locally built but influenced by referents issued from globalization, I am looking to analyze more specifically the process in this intricate combination of local and global influences. This research has allowed to bring out, at the heart of a society traditionally based on the principle of filial piety, the transformations of values regarding marriage, couple life and family. In addition to that we consider a gendered analysis of social imaginaries, as disparities have been observed between fiancés and fiancees when asked about their conceptions and ideals. The results tend to show that young engaged Chinese men and women are torn between desires of different nature, some of which are engrained in local culture while others stem from globalization, exacerbating an unresolved tension, often wrenching, between opposite sets of values.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 20 May 2019
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/34914
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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