Transnational Divorce: Understanding intimacies and inequalities from Singapore



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Quah, S. Ee Ling. (2020). Transnational Divorce: Understanding intimacies and inequalities from Singapore. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.


This book explores the transnational aspects of divorce experiences. Transnational Divorce uncovers the stories of four main groups of transnational divorcees at the field site of Singapore, including low-income marriage migrant women from less wealthy countries, low-income citizen men, middle-class living apart together divorced parents and overseas-based citizen divorced mothers. Employing transnational, intersectional feminist perspectives, the book extends the author's earlier conceptualisation of divorce biography to propose a new framework of transnational divorce biography. The transnational divorce biography framework provides readers a useful analytical tool to make sense of transnational divorced individuals' messy experiences in working out their transborder intimacy practices. Meandering through their accounts, Transnational Divorce weaves together a strong narrative of inequalities and privileges at the site of intimate life. The book ends with an epilogue on fire dragon feminism where the author discusses place-based feminist mission of activism and resistance. The book will appeal to researchers and policy makers interested in transnational relationships, family studies and sociology in general.

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