The meanings of marriage and divorce have shifted significantly in the past few decades, particularly in economies in Asia where rapid economic growth has transformed the social fabric. This book arises from possibly the most comprehensive study of divorce done in Singapore. The study highlights the root causes of divorce, and focuses on the impact of changing ideologies on marital stability. Themes that surfaced in the appreciation of why some marriages fail include women's changing expectations and their roles in the family, courtship expectations and the role of romantic love, parenthood demands and work stressors. The discussions are drawn from data collected from a large-scale representative survey of a study group comprising disolved marriages as well as a control group of intact marriages. Scholars investigating marriage and family in Asia will find the rich data content useful. The sociological insight makes the book a relevant read for all interested in family dynamics.
Paulin Tay Straughan, Ph.D. (1990) in Sociology, University of Virginia, is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. She works on family sociology as well as medical sociology, and has numerous publications in these areas. Her most recent publication is a book (forthcoming) on ultra-low fertiliy in Asia.
Table of contents
Chapter One: Overview of Divorce in Contemporary Singapore – Taking Stock
Chapter Two: Choosing the Right One – Romantic Love, Courtship, and Marriage Preparation
Chapter Three: What Dreams are Made of – Role of Ideology in Marriage and Divorce
Chapter Four: The Time Bind – Work-Family Interface
Chapter Five: Solidifying Marriages – The Future of Family
Appendix 1A: Questionnaire for Control Group (Married Respondents)
Appendix 1B: Questionnaire for Study Group (Divorced Group)
While the focus is on marriage and divorce, this book will be relevant to those interested in marriage, family and women's roles in Asia. The rich data will inform policy makers, social scientists, and family practitioners.