Tracing how the marital "rules of the game" have changed substantially across the region, this book challenges long-standing assumptions that marriage is the universally preferred status for all men and women, that extramarital sexuality is incompatible with marriage, or that marriage necessarily unites a man and a woman. Davis is the author of many articles and books, including Creating Wealth and Poverty in Postsocialist China (Stanford, 2008) and Long Lives: Chinese Elderly and the Communist Revolution (Stanford, 1991). Friedman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.
This book illustrates the wide range of potential futures for marriage, sexuality, and family across these societies. Friedman is the author of Intimate Politics: Marriage, the Market, and State Power in Southeastern China (2006).
Since the 1980's, the character of intimate life in these urban settings has changed dramatically.
Also it should be mentioned that despite the number of contributors, the book is not an anthology but a very well organized and internally coherent text leading the reader through the time and space of changes in the marital and sexual behaviors in this part of the world."—Adam Horálek, Chinet"This is a book that should be on everyone's bookshelf.In 2011, there were approximately 97,500 victims of intimate partner violence, representing a rate of 341 victims per 100,000 population (Table 3.1).The vast majority of these victims (80%) were women, a finding consistent over time.The authors revisit familiar topics—love, sexuality, and marriage—with knowledgeable eyes.Each contributor posits a different set of questions that highlights the normative shifts taking place.Whenever possible, the analysis of police-reported data delineates any differences between spousal and dating violence, while recognizing that these forms of violence often share a number of similarities, such as the victim's potential emotional attachment to the abuser and the possible recurring nature of the violence.