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Title: Identity in Transition: Never-Married Women in Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila
Authors: Tan, J.E. 
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Tan, J.E. (2002). Identity in Transition: Never-Married Women in Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila. Identity in Transition: Never-Married Women in Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The rapid social and economic transformation of Southeast Asia has in recent decades been especially pronounced in the large metropolises. While social scientists have focused considerable attention on the political and economic aspects of these changes, the social aspects of this transformation have been underinvestigated. Thus while the changing role of women has been singled out by the mass media, we find few studies that have systematically scrutinized the changes that have occurred. Women have had unprecedented access to education and employment in the modern sector of the economy that has given them new-found economic independence. As a result a group of never-married women has emerged, particularly within the more highly educated sector. The issue to be considered herein is the identity of older never-married professional women. How are they coming to define themselves with respect to their family of origin as well as the community? These women are at the cutting edge of change in what have been universal marriage societies wherein womens roles have been defined in terms of marriage and the family. This paper first presents a brief general overview of the rise of never-married women in Southeast Asia. Second, I shall summarize some of my main findings from interviews that I have conducted in recent years with older never-married professional women in Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila. Their social identity is being shaped in complex ways by the intersection of tradition and modernity.
Source Title: Identity in Transition: Never-Married Women in Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/132861
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