Familial values, gender politics and meanings of infidelity: a cross-cultural comparison of extra-marital affairs
Source TitleWith this ring: divorce, intimacy, and cohabitation from a multi-cultural perspective
University of Melbourne Author/sCHANG, JUI-SHAN
AffiliationArts: Education Policy and Management
Document TypeBook Chapter
CitationsChang, J. (2000). Familial values, gender politics and meanings of infidelity: a cross-cultural comparison of extra-marital affairs. In R. R. Miller & S. L. Browning (Eds.), With this ring: divorce, intimacy, and cohabitation from a multi-cultural perspective (pp. 185-218). Stamford, Conn.: JAI Press.
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This paper is a pre-print version of a chapter published in: Miller, R. and S. Browning (eds.) With This Ring: Divorce, Intimacy, and Cohabitation From a Multi-Cultural Perspective. JAI Press. Pp. 185–218. 2000. Copyright confirmation in process
This paper compares Chinese and Western extra-marital affairs reported in print. All the reports are based on real affairs. The Chinese data come from affairs being reported in newspapers in Taiwan (1987-1994). The Western data comes from reports in Leigh Cato' book "Her Version" (1995). For each data set, a theoretical typology of four types of affairs in terms of key ‘players’, plots, and outcomes is isolated. The comparison and contrast between the two cultural contexts has generated cross-cultural insights regarding (1) the meanings of romantic love and sexual ethics; (2) the meanings of infidelity; and (3) the constructions of manhood/womanhood and gender politics in marital/extra-marital relations.
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