Emotional reflexivity and emotion work in transnational divorce biographies



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Quah, E. Sharon. (2018). Emotional reflexivity and emotion work in transnational divorce biographies. Emotion, Space and Society, 29 48-54.


Transnational marriages have been on the rise with an increase in geographical mobility around the world. There has been substantive research done on transnational marriages with discussion of topics including marriage trends, marital relationship dynamics, remittances, transnational familial practices, foreign spouses' adjustment issues, societal perceptions on transnational marriages and foreign spouses (see for example, Charsley, 2006; Beck-Gernsheim, 2007; Jones, 2012; Jongwilaiwan and Thompson, 2013; Yeoh et al., 2013; Parrenas, 2014; Cheng et al., 2015). While there has been a fecundity of research on the quality of transnational marriages, lesser attention has been paid to the breakdown of transnational marriages and post-divorce lives of transnational divorcees and their families. It is only in recent years that there has been an emerging field of study on transnational divorce, mainly in European contexts (see for example, Liversage, 2012; Qureshi et al., 2014; Al-Sharmani, 2017). Transnational divorce with its implications for changing migrant demographics and transnational family landscapes in the region of Asia has not been sufficiently researched and understood. This paper discusses the specific case study of transnational divorce experiences in Singapore.

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