Cross-cultural families in Singapore: transnational marriages and divorces



Publication Details

Quah, S. (2018). Cross-cultural families in Singapore: transnational marriages and divorces. In W. Jean. Yeung & S. Hu (Eds.), Family and Population Changes in Singapore A unique case in the global family change (pp. 163-179). United States: Routledge.


The research takes on the sociological perspective that culture is not an essentialist, fixed set of features and characteristics of a specific group of people but instead, acknowledges that culture as meaning-making processes where meanings are attached to practices and recognises the power relations involved in determining meaning-making processes. Subscribing to what Aihwa Ong (1999) suggests about 'transnational processes are [being] situated cultural practices' (17), the study, therefore, recognises that meanings attached to transnational processes and practices are not static but instead, fluid, situational, contextual, and may take on new dimensions due to the macro interaction between global forces and local systems of governmentality and micro social interactions in transnational spaces.

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