By Sharon Ee Ling Quah
This publication offers a sociological account on marital dissolution that engages and extends theorisations on individualisation and the modern enterprise of non-public relationships to debate how the adventure of divorce may not be all debilitating yet to the contrary, may provide possibilities for productiveness, self-responsibility and courting formation. utilizing Singaporean divorcees’ narrative bills, the booklet explores how divorcees form and build what the writer refers to as, a divorce biography, to finish their unsatisfying marriages, deal with the situation, negotiate the linked dangers, organise post-divorce own groups and make destiny plans. It uncovers how divorcees navigate their divorce biographies in the financial, coverage and social context they're situated in and examines the stipulations that facilitate or prevent the pursuit of productiveness in several features in their post-divorce lives. faraway from a typical tale of divorce, this publication offers the variety and complexity of Singaporean divorce biographies. The learn demanding situations unfavourable discourses linked to divorce and provides a extra nuanced point of view by means of discussing either the precarious and efficient features of the adventure. extra importantly, it presents a serious dialogue at the constrained definition of kin time-honored in Singaporean society, and indicates how post-divorce relatives existence and practices proceed to thrive regardless of the rupture of marriage.
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Her research shows that her respondents were related to members of their personal community in a sense that they could choose to move closer to them, involve them in their residential decision-making or move away from them. Divorcees in such scenario may also find themselves having to manage these difficult familial relationships and friendships. ’s (2012) study, some difficult friendships continue to be endured and preserved despite the ‘irritations, disappointments, boredom and even some antagonisms’ (2012, p.
These values were incorporated to remind Singaporeans of their cultural heritage. The 5 shared values include: nation before community and society above self; family as the basic unit of society; community support and respect for the individual; consensus, not conflict; racial and religious harmony (National Heritage Board 2009). 3 The Singaporean population is made up of four main ethnic groups, namely Chinese, Malay, Indian and Others. 1 The Singapore Family 37 system and family ideology. The Chinese migrants from China brought with them Confucius’s philosophy that ‘dominated the schools of China for almost twenty-five hundred years’ (Fry et al.
Pahl and Spencer (2004) ‘strongly adhere to Calhoun’s (1991) emphasis on “a mode of relating”6 and his concern that community now needs to be theorised in terms of social relationships of belonging’ (Calhoun 1991 cited in Pahl and Spencer 2004, p. 206). In their research, they also reflect on Gerard Delanty’s (2003) theorisation on the personal community as ‘an open-ended system of communication about belonging’ (Delanty Craig Calhoun (1998) focuses on the relational content of community and suggests that community life consists of close, intimate and complex personal networks and is maintained through different means of relating beyond geographical confines.