Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in by Sharon Ee Ling Quah

By Sharon Ee Ling Quah

This e-book provides a sociological account on marital dissolution that engages and extends theorisations on individualisation and the modern service provider of non-public relationships to debate how the event of divorce may not be all debilitating yet to the contrary, may supply possibilities for productiveness, self-responsibility and courting formation. utilizing Singaporean divorcees’ narrative debts, the ebook explores how divorcees form and build what the writer refers to as, a divorce biography, to finish their unsatisfying marriages, take care of the obstacle, negotiate the linked hazards, organise post-divorce own groups and make destiny plans. It uncovers how divorcees navigate their divorce biographies in the monetary, coverage and social context they're positioned in and examines the stipulations that facilitate or prevent the pursuit of productiveness in several points in their post-divorce lives. faraway from a regular tale of divorce, this booklet provides the variety and complexity of Singaporean divorce biographies. The study demanding situations unfavorable discourses linked to divorce and provides a extra nuanced point of view through discussing either the precarious and efficient features of the adventure. extra importantly, it offers a serious dialogue at the constrained definition of kinfolk regular in Singaporean society, and exhibits how post-divorce relations lifestyles and practices proceed to thrive regardless of the rupture of marriage.

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Individuals are expected to ‘think communal’—suppress individualistic ideals and prioritise communal and family interests above their own—but are also required to ‘think individual’ when they craft their biographies under the meritocracy system and fulfil their responsibilities on their own, without expecting any support from social institutions. The centrality of the individual is not diminished with the use of communitarian ideologies in Singapore, but is in fact emphasised when the responsibilities of looking after the welfare of self and family lie on the shoulders of the individual.

My research takes heed of this debate between the theorists of individualisation and their critics and understands individualisation to be shaped by one’s class position as well as other aspects of social and policy context. It is cognisant of different class theorists’ arguments that class differentiation and unequal access to resources lead to different experiences in individualising biographies. However, I argue that divorcees, irrespective of social-economic and cultural backgrounds, engage in the process of individualising their divorce biographies for survival, productivity and self-fulfilment.

It is cognisant of different class theorists’ arguments that class differentiation and unequal access to resources lead to different experiences in individualising biographies. However, I argue that divorcees, irrespective of social-economic and cultural backgrounds, engage in the process of individualising their divorce biographies for survival, productivity and self-fulfilment. Having to undergo dramatic upheavals and transformations in their lives as a result of marital dissolution, divorcees are compelled to take charge of their lives and do possess varying degrees of autonomy in different areas to decide on coping strategies and future plans, even if the decision-making process is one done in collaboration with their personal communities and in response to their social, policy and economic environment.

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