For Better or Worse

Marriage and family in Sarawak

Edited by Cheng Sim Hew

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ISBN: 978-1-861770-91-2
Series: Critical Studies in Socio-Cultural Diversity
BIC Categories: Sociology: family & relationships, Social & cultural anthropology, Malaysia
Categories: Cultural Studies, Social Policy
Published: January 2015
234 x 156 x 12 mm
230 pages
Publisher: Whiting & Birch Ltd
Family and kinship structures have long been the subject of anthropological research in Sarawak, but little is known of the changes wrought by social transformative forces. Globalisation, urbanization and an increasing mobile work-force are some of the processes at work.The chapters in this book examine many important issues such as economic development of the state and intergenerational social mobility; migration of men for work and its impact on Iban families; organization of money in a marriage and how this shapes gender relations in the household; and changing courtship patterns and family structure. All the authors know Sarawak well and the book's multidisciplinary nature gives a holistic perspective on this very important topic.
Family and kinship structures have long been the subject of anthropological research in Sarawak, but little is known of the changes wrought by social transformative forces. Globalisation, urbanization and an increasing mobile work-force are some of the processes at work.The chapters in this book examine many important issues such as economic development of the state and intergenerational social mobility; migration of men for work and its impact on Iban families; organization of money in a marriage and how this shapes gender relations in the household; and changing courtship patterns and family structure. All the authors know Sarawak well and the book's multidisciplinary nature gives a holistic perspective on this very important topic.
  1. Courtship, marriage and divorce Sarawak style Hew Cheng Sim
  2. Till divorce do us part: Marriage and divorce in Sarawa Aishah Edris
  3. Happily ever after? Marital satisfaction and strife in Kuching Hew Cheng Sim and Goy Siew Ching
  4. A woman’s work is never done: Gender equity and the domestic division of labour Goy Siew Ching
  5. Yours and mine: Gendered notions of money in marriage Lynn Wee
  6. Easy marriage, easy divorce: Adat and the rise of divorce amongst the Iban Lucy Sebli
  7. Young wives in a Chinese Hakka village Elena Chai
  8. A good man is hard to find: Courtship amongst young Malay women in Kuching Dayang Asmah bt. Awang Hamdan
  9. Foods that unite and divide: Changing concepts of child identity and family in rural Malay communities Elizabeth Elliott Baylor
  10.  Speaking in tongues: Family communication in a multicultural society Su-Hie Ting and Edmund Ui-Hang Sim
  11. Moving up: Intergenerational social mobility and structural change in Sarawak Richard E. Schatz
  12. Conclusion Hew Cheng Sim

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