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Transnational Divorce

Understanding intimacies and inequalities from Singapore, 1st Edition

By Sharon Ee Ling Quah


168 pages

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This book explores the transnational aspects of divorce experiences.

Transnational Divorce uncovers the stories of four main groups of transnational divorcees at the field site of Singapore, including low-income marriage migrant women from less wealthy countries, low-income citizen men, middle-class living apart together divorced parents and overseas-based citizen divorced mothers. Employing transnational, intersectional feminist perspectives, the book extends the author’s earlier conceptualisation of divorce biography to propose a new framework of transnational divorce biography. The transnational divorce biography framework provides readers a useful analytical tool to make sense of transnational divorced individuals’ messy experiences in working out their transborder intimacy practices. Meandering through their accounts, the author weaves together a strong narrative of inequalities and privileges at the site of intimate life. The book ends with an epilogue on fire dragon feminism where the author discusses place-based feminist mission of activism and resistance.

Transnational Divorce will appeal to researchers and policy makers interested in transnational relationships, family studies and sociology in general.

Table of Contents


Chapter One. Introduction

Chapter Two. Transnational divorce biography

Chapter Three. Encountering borderland violence: Constricted intimacies

Chapter Four. Assembling masculinity projects: Instrumental intimacies

Chapter Five. Innovating for the sake of children: Privileged intimacies

Chapter Six. Being neither here nor there: Entangled intimacies

Chapter Seven. Epilogue: Fire Dragon Feminism

Appendix: Feminist methodological and reflection notes on decolonising research



About the Author

Quah Ee Ling Sharon is Senior Lecturer in Sociology with the University of Wollongong. Formerly a postdoctoral fellow and research fellow with the National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute, she holds a PhD in Sociology awarded by the University of Sydney. She is the author of Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore (2015). Her research interests include decoloniality, feminisms, genders, sexualities, intimacies, emotions, families, race, migration, inequalities and social justice.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Family Sociology

This series presents the latest research on the sociology of the family, with particular attention to family dynamics, changing family forms and the impact of events in the life-course and societal transformation on family practices.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies