|dc.description.abstract||Over recent decades, China has undergone fundamental social, cultural and ideological transformation accompanying its rapid economic advancement. Meanwhile, Chinese people have experienced dramatic shifts in their intimate relationships and family lives. However, previous studies have not yet provided a holistic explanation of the trends and patterns in contemporary Chinese family life, and there has been a lack of empirical studies examining the social forces and determining factors behind these fundamental changes.
Based on data from the China Statistical Yearbook from 1996 to 2013, and using cross-sectional and longitudinal models, this thesis explores the trends and patterns in China’s divorce and remarriage rates, the macro-level factors explaining the regional variations in China’s divorce rate across 31 provinces, and the long-term predictors of China’s divorce rate over recent decades. The research probes the data from different temporal and geographical angles, and thus provides a more holistic picture of the factors affecting China’s divorce and remarriage rates and a cross-validation of the effects of these factors.
The research findings suggest notable increases and regional heterogeneities in China’s divorce and remarriage rates. This research has identified women’s social status and ethnicity as the major factors that positively affected the provincial variations in China’s divorce rate, and economic development and time effect as the long-term factors contributing to the steady and continuous rise in China’s divorce rate from 1996 to 2013. This research contributes to the literature by testing the applicability of Western divorce theories in the context of China pointing to the importation and profound influence of individualism, liberalism and materialism on the changing patterns of China’s families. The results, therefore, provide additional empirical evidence from China as a transitional economy to support the widely accepted assumption that the divorce rate rises with the advance of modernisation.
All in all, despite calls for the revival of Chinese tradition and culture under Xi Jinping’s rule since 2012, China’s divorce and remarriage rates are expected to continue to rise with further economic development, and the patterns in Chinese families will present greater regional disparity.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||School of Social and Political Sciences||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Department of Sociology and Social Policy||en_AU|
|dc.rights||The author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.||en_AU|
|dc.subject||trends and patterns||en_AU|
|dc.title||Trends and Patterns in Divorce and Remarriage in Contemporary China||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.||en_AU|
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