RN13_04a: Marriage and cohabitation
Childbearing and Marriage: Investigating the Importance of Context for Meaning Making of First-time Marriage
Mid Sweden University, Sweden
Previous research reveals that the temporal ordering of childbearing and marriage can have an impact on the meaning of first-time marriage. This paper aims to obtain a deeper understanding of meaning making of first-time marriage in relation to childbearing. Narrative interviews with sixteen brides and grooms in eight couples in Sweden were conducted. The material was analyzed in relation to the temporal ordering of childbearing and marriage. The study reveals that the construction of meaning of marriage does not only relate to the temporal context. Social factors such as social class or family formation might also be relevant for how meaning is constructed. This paper contributes to a deeper understanding of meaning making as a relational process constructed within particular contexts.
Gender, Homeownership and Marriage: A case study of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R. (China)
This paper explores the relationship between homeownership and marriage from a gender perspective and uses Hong Kong as a case study. Given a faster pace of housing marketization and a growing difficulty in house-purchase in different parts of the world, housing arrangements have become a central issue in individuals’ marriage formation and family lives. Our data suggests that homeownership is not only a significant component in marriage plan, it is also a prolonged process undergirded by gender expectations and norms. The anticipation of getting married is a major pull factor for men to consider moving out of parental home while the relationship quality with natal family is a push factor for women. We show gendered expectations over homeownership and marriage – men maintain a strong preference of house-purchase as a pre-condition to marriage, but women hold an opposite view and give a priority to getting married before the perceived ‘age-threshold-for-marriage’ over property purchase. This finding diverges from the traditional marriage norm identified in Chinese societies, of which women generally expect men to secure a property upon typing the knot. We also delineate four strategies in the preparation process of house-purchase, namely setting a clear saving goal, seeking family’s financial assistance, acquiring knowledge of the housing market and developing property-checking skills. Through these strategies, young Chinese men try to measure up to their perceived ideal masculinity. They consider homeownership as a barometer of manhood while growing housing unaffordability provokes a crisis of masculinity in many of them.
"Evolution Of Homosexual Marriages And Their Breaks"
Universidad de Granada Spain
The present work shows the evolution of homosexual marriages since its legalization in 2005, by means of Law 13/2005 and what are, as the case may be, the subsequent dissolutions. To do this, we use quantitative methodology with bivariate and multivariate analysis through the Statistics of Annulments, Separations and Divorces. As conclusions, it can be observed that once legalization has been overcome, homosexual couples have increased fivefold, with the presence of gay marriage being the majority option, more among women than among men. In addition, the number of marriages between men and women has evolved to be practically the same. As for dissolutions, homosexual marriages have a high degree of consensus, this being a characteristic that is present from the origin of their existence and also shows great stability. Some factors, such as nationality or the possession or not of minor children, are key to knowing how the rupture occurs