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Title: Breadwinning wives and "left-behind" husbands: Men and masculinities in the Vietnamese transnational family
Authors: Hoang, L.A.
Yeoh, B.S.A. 
Keywords: fatherhood
transnational labor migration
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Citation: Hoang, L.A., Yeoh, B.S.A. (2011-12). Breadwinning wives and "left-behind" husbands: Men and masculinities in the Vietnamese transnational family. Gender and Society 25 (6) : 717-739. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This article explores an aspect of women's transnational labor migration that has been understudied in many labor-sending countries: how men experience shifts in the household labor division triggered by women's migration. In so doing, we shed light on the diverse ways notions of masculinity and gender identities are being reworked and renegotiated in the transnational family. Drawing on qualitative data collected from in-depth interviews with carers of left-behind children in Northern Vietnam, we show how men are confronted with the need to take on child care duties, which have traditionally been ascribed to women, while at the same time being under considerable pressure to live up to locally accepted masculinity ideals. We provide interesting insights into the changing family structures and dynamics in Vietnamese society where patriarchal norms continue to exert significant influence on different facets of life. © 2011 by The Author(s).
Source Title: Gender and Society
ISSN: 08912432
DOI: 10.1177/0891243211430636
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