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Living Spaces

Denise Tse-Shang Tang

in Conditional Spaces

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083015
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209855 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083015.003.0002
Living Spaces

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Family interactions in living spaces can be perceived as specific practices in a spatial context that lay claim to how certain gender and sexual codings are formed, normalized, and regulated. Family and space are interconnected concepts that can be found in two colloquial Cantonese terms. The first term denotes a house, a physical dwelling and a family space. The second term points to family members and by implication, persons underneath one roof, which can be perceived as a form of cohabitation. This chapter discusses the complexities within family relations and how outside forces affect the ways respondents view their relations with family members in response to their sexualities. The issue of living together creates many difficulties for respondents when it comes to hiding their sexualities and, as a result, they come up with multiple coping strategies to live with family members.

Keywords: living spaces; sexual codings; Cantonese terms; physical dwelling; family relations

Chapter.  7743 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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