1st Edition

Changing Marriage Patterns in Southeast Asia Economic and Socio-Cultural Dimensions

Edited By Gavin Jones, Terence H. Hull, Maznah Mohamad Copyright 2011
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Various forms of partnering – such as officially registered marriages, cohabiting relationships, and other kinds of relatively stable relationships - are crucial in the formation of families throughout the world. Although, today, forms of partnering in the region are not restricted to formal marriage, the norm remains for couples to marry – to establish a new family, and to accept the cultural requirement to have children.

    This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of partnerships and marriage in the Southeast Asian region using quantitative data alongside qualitative approaches.Through the research of demographers, sociologists and anthropologists, it examines the way trends in the formation and dissolution of marriages are related to changes in the region’s economy and society; illuminating both the broad forces affecting marriage patterns and the way these forces work out at the individual and family level.

    Presenting the variety of contemporary marriage patterns in the region, with an emphasis on the ways in which marriage issues impinge on the welfare of those concerned, this book will be essential reading for students and scholars of Southeast Asia and the sociology of the family.

    Preface  List of tables  List of figures  Part I. Overview  1. Marriage Trends in Insular Southeast Asia: Their Economic and Socio-Cultural Dimension - Gavin W. Jones, Terence H. Hull and Maznah Mohamad  2. Statistical Indices of Marriage Patterns in Insular Southeast Asia - Terence H. Hull  3. Teenage Marriage Trends and Issues in Insular Southeast Asia - Gavin W. Jones  Part II. Indonesia  4. Regional Differences in Marriage Patterns in Indonesia in the Twenty-First Century - Gavin W. Jones and Bina Gubhaju  5. Politics and Marriage among Islamic Activists In Indonesia - Setiawati Intan Savitri and Faturochman  6. Underage Marriage and Poverty in West Java, Indonesia - Sri Endras Iswarini  7. Delayed Marriage among Lower Socio-Economic Groups in an Indonesia Industrial City - Augustina Situmorang  8. Bugis Marriage: State Laws, Islam and Local Practice - Nurul Ilmi Idrus  9. Dowry Systems and Extended Family Networks: A Case Study In Manggarai and Nagekeo, Flores, Indonesia - Peter Hagul  Part III. Malaysia  10. Understanding Marriage and Divorce Trends In Peninsular Malaysia - Tey Nai Peng  11. Marriage among the ‘Urbanized Rural Poor: Return Migrants In Northwest Kelantan - Maznah Mohamad and Rashidah Shuib  12. Gender Battles and the Syariah: Translating Islamic Marital Law into Everyday Practice in Malaysia - Maznah Mohamad  13. International Marriages in Malaysia: Issues arising from State Policies and Processes - Chee Heng Leng  Part IV. Philippines And Singapore  14. Cohabitation and Poverty in the Philippines - Maria Midea M. Kabamalan  15. The State Of Marriage In Singapore - Eng Chuan Koh


    Gavin W. Jones is Professor and the Research Leader for the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. He most recently co-edited Ultra-low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issues, also published by Routledge.

    Terence H. Hull holds joint appointments with the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute and the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, at the Australian National University, where he is J.C. Caldwell chair.

    Maznah Mohamad is currently Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the Asia Research Institute and the Department of Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her previous publications include Feminism and the Women’s Movement in Malaysia and The Malay Handloom Weavers.


    "The book combines introductory quantitative analyses of trends in marriage and teenage marriage, which give a broad picture of partnership patterns in the region, with country-specific field studies of smaller samples in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. These studies bring a deeper understanding of marriage patterns from various points, including those of statistics, politics, poverty, culture, policy, law, migration and urbanisation. "

    - Aris Ananta, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore