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Looking Ahead—The Future Of Family

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This book on divorce in Singapore is not a study on the failure of marriage. Contrary, it is about the resilience of the social institution of family. This chapter discusses the implications of contesting ideologies on marriage and the family. Several dominant ideologies surfaced through the discourse in the bookgender roles, expectations of marriage, ideology of the precious child, and the ideology of waged labour. The chapter focuses on the dissonance between embraced ideologies and experiences in everyday life. Some scholars like Coltrane and Adams (2002) argued that a discourse on divorce necessarily engages the politics of morality. Divorce continues to be socially and legally labelled as an adversary action involving a guilty party, and an aggrieved petitioner. Perhaps the key to understanding the effects of loveand the ties that will bind a marriage till death do partis in the appreciation of marital commitment.

Keywords: marriage dissolution; Singapore; social institution



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