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Title: Ideology and changing family arrangements in Singapore
Authors: Yun, H.A. 
Issue Date: Jun-2004
Citation: Yun, H.A. (2004-06). Ideology and changing family arrangements in Singapore. Journal of Comparative Family Studies 35 (3) : 375-392+i+v. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examines how individuals go about interweaving ideology with daily living to arrive at their own ideas about family practice. In Singapore, families constitute a rich ground for study due to the country's multicultural composition (77% ethnic Chinese, 14% Malay Muslim and 8% Hindu Indian). Four decades of rapid industrial development have wrought a parallel transformation in the way family life is conducted. The qualitative approach was chosen to better capture how families grapple with changes brought by capitalist industrialization to create their family of choice. The first section introduces the way families are conceived and talked about amongst various sections of the population. Broad transformations in family behavior are then traced through investigation of three-generation families to see how grandmothers, daughters and grand-daughters deal with both traditionally defined modes of conduct and newly emerging norms pioneering family behavior. The way men and women negotiate how they handle work and family demands in contemporary Singapore is then revealed through examination of families established by working couples. By focusing on members struggling with both work and domestic obligations, this section spotlights individuals in the process of creating and re-creating their own unique roles in the family. The family scenarios delineated by respondents challenge the idea that the family is eternal and unchanging. Instead, we are exposed to the family in a state of continual flux and uneven transformation.
Source Title: Journal of Comparative Family Studies
ISSN: 00472328
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