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Introduction Doing Families In Hong Kong: Values, Relations And Strategies

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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which builds on papers from a workshop among ten local and international scholars entitled "Doing Families: Values, Relations and Strategies in Contemporary Hong Kong" held at the University of Hong Kong on November 11, 2006. Six of the papers presented at the workshop are brought together in the book. Together they offer a comprehensive look at the divergent patterns, multiple paths and complex policies relating to doing families in Hong Kong. The focus on household strategies leads to a concern with division in resources, conflicts of responsibilities and differences in power. The papers work on specific themes relating to different levels and facets of doing families in Hong Kong in the context of restructuring. They demonstrate there are different ways and rationales to do marriage, sex, intimacy, childbirth, divide household tasks, teach and care for children, and prepare for old age.

Keywords: doing families; Hong Kong; household strategies; marriage



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