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Article: How the Socio-cultural Context Shapes Women's Divorce Experience in Hong Kong

TitleHow the Socio-cultural Context Shapes Women's Divorce Experience in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2004
PublisherUniversity of Calgary, Department of Sociology. The Journal's web site is located at http://soci.ucalgary.ca
Citation
Journal Of Comparative Family Studies, 2004, v. 35 n. 1, p. 33-50+i How to Cite?
AbstractThe divorce experience of women in Hong Kong is examined in its historical sociocultural context. Traditional Chinese culture that emphasizes the centrality of family and gender and generational hierarchy strictly censors divorce. Since women in contemporary Hong Kong are also confronted with Western romantic ideals of love-based, egalitarian, and exclusive marriage, these traditional values cause enormous conflict over the divorce decision. While the trend of a more permissive attitude towards divorce is noted, greater social stigma is attached to divorced women. With economic changes in Mainland China, an increased number of Hong Kong men had extra-marital affairs in China, which in turn led to increased divorce rates in recent years. Migrant brides from China also led to adjustment problems for both spouses, with many marriages ending in divorce. A qualitative study of 35 women with a low socioeconomic status was conducted to explore their divorce experience. Families of origin from both husbands and wives exerted enormous influence on these women through their disapproval or support. These women experienced discrimination despite the social expectation of acceptance of divorce. Migrant women experienced double jeopardy, being stigmatized as new arrivals and divorcees. Formal social institutions also sanctioned against divorce through complex bureaucratic legal aid procedures and stigmatization of welfare recipients. Moreover, many social workers tended to be critical of divorce. This picture reflects the dialectical struggle between ideals of Western romanticism and liberalism and traditional Chinese Confucianism, and indicates the long process needed for social values to evolve.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/82143
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.309
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.172
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dc.description.abstractThe divorce experience of women in Hong Kong is examined in its historical sociocultural context. Traditional Chinese culture that emphasizes the centrality of family and gender and generational hierarchy strictly censors divorce. Since women in contemporary Hong Kong are also confronted with Western romantic ideals of love-based, egalitarian, and exclusive marriage, these traditional values cause enormous conflict over the divorce decision. While the trend of a more permissive attitude towards divorce is noted, greater social stigma is attached to divorced women. With economic changes in Mainland China, an increased number of Hong Kong men had extra-marital affairs in China, which in turn led to increased divorce rates in recent years. Migrant brides from China also led to adjustment problems for both spouses, with many marriages ending in divorce. A qualitative study of 35 women with a low socioeconomic status was conducted to explore their divorce experience. Families of origin from both husbands and wives exerted enormous influence on these women through their disapproval or support. These women experienced discrimination despite the social expectation of acceptance of divorce. Migrant women experienced double jeopardy, being stigmatized as new arrivals and divorcees. Formal social institutions also sanctioned against divorce through complex bureaucratic legal aid procedures and stigmatization of welfare recipients. Moreover, many social workers tended to be critical of divorce. This picture reflects the dialectical struggle between ideals of Western romanticism and liberalism and traditional Chinese Confucianism, and indicates the long process needed for social values to evolve.en_HK
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