Proper Men and Proper Women: Parental Affection in the Chinese Family

William Jankowiak

in Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520211032
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935303 | DOI:
Proper Men and Proper Women: Parental Affection in the Chinese Family

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This chapter discusses how structural and emotional issues are intertwined in the lives of men and women in Huhhot, capital of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. It explores how gender ideals are displayed in playful and earnest conversation among men and women in unisex groups, as well as between men and women in the domains of marriage, emotional intimacy, and parenting. By focusing on the relationship between the subjective and the structural aspects of Chinese family, it provides some insight into the emotional dilemmas Chinese men experience in striving to find a place in society as well as in the family, at a period when both are undergoing rapid change. The material that forms much of this study is collected between 1981 and 1983 and again in 1987. Its description of family dynamics comes from the author's regular visits to seventy households during those periods.

Keywords: Huhhot; gender ideals; parenting; Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region; Chinese family

Chapter.  8540 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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