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Visions of Marriage

Politics and Family on Kinmen, 1920-2020

Hsiao-Chiao Chiu

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB Made available under a CC CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from European Research Council (ERC license).

222 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-888-1 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (July 2023)

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“The book is a fascinating study of changes in the institution of marriage over time in Kinmen. It demonstrates how marriage can be studied as both driving social changes and impacted by social changes.” • Lynne Yukie Nakano, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

“It is a significant contribution to the study of kinship, family, and social change in Taiwan and will be read with great interest not only by Taiwan / China scholars but also by anthropologists and scholars in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences.” • Gonçalo D. Santos, University of Coimbra


Grounded in multi-generational stories from Kinmen in Taiwan, Visions of Marriage explores the historical entanglements between the pursuit of new personal and national futures. Focusing on the relational and future-making aspects of marriage, the ethnography highlights the intersection of transformations across familial generations and shifting political economies in Taiwan, and more globally. While theories of modernity often treat marriage as an index of social change, without adequate attention to its transformative capacities generated through personal and familial agency, this volume provides comparative insights on family change and demographic shifts in Asia.

Hsiao-Chiao Chiu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at National Center for Geriatrics and Welfare Research, National Health Research Institute, Taiwan. Her publication includes a coedited volume, Marriage in Past, Present, and Future Tense (UCL Press, 2021).

Subject: Anthropology (General)SociologyGender Studies and Sexuality
Area: Asia

Visions of Marriage by Hsiao-Chiao Chiu is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from European Research Council (ERC license).

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OA ISBN: 978-1-80073-890-4


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