CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 31 JULY 2013)
Discrepancies between Behavior and Attitudes toward Marriage and Fertility in Asia
13 Feb 2014 - 14 Feb 2014
National University of Singapore
Dr JI Yingchun
This international conference is organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
The purpose of this conference is to promote a better understanding of the puzzling discrepancies between family attitudes and behavior in Asia: when family behavior is fast “modernized” and “westernized” but people seem to still think “traditionally” and “Asian”. The historical profamily values that endorse universal and early marriage and children are still prevalent in various Asian societies. Yet, dramatic demographic transformation is under way: fertility level rapidly decreasing to close or below replacement level. In societies like Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, fertility has reached the lowest low level in the world; age at first marriage has also increased greatly with “effective singlehood” in some Asian societies even longer than in Western societies. Further, family behavior is not all homogenous: cohabitation and extramarital fertility are relatively rare in most Asian countries although low fertility and late marriage are prevalent.
To understand the discrepancies, we should seek answers from Asian families embedded in the unique political, religious and cultural contexts in various Asian societies. The theme of this conference is consistent with Dr Christine Bachrach’s Presidential Address at the annual meeting of Population Association of America in New Orleans in 2013, which emphasizes incorporating both structure and culture when studying demographic outcomes and emphasizes the cultural understanding of patterns and commonality, and differences and tensions of demographic phenomena.
Therefore, this conference opens a forum to investigate the puzzles of “transformed behavior and lingering attitudes” regarding marriage and birth giving in Asia. We invite researchers to explore contradictions and consistencies between family formation attitudes and behavior in Asia. More specifically, we welcome empirical research investigating mechanisms regarding how certain attitudes are related to marriage and birth giving in Asia: such as the roles of states, religion and cultural norms, and the interplay between attitudes and economic circumstances. We also encourage studies that help better understand commonalities and variations, and continuities and changes of Asian family attitudes. Both quantitative and qualitative research are welcome.
This conference will bring together family scholars to examine the following themes:
• Commonalities and Variations of Family Attitudes in Asia
• Continuities and Changes of Family Attitudes in Asia
• Is “Asian Family Values” a Meaningful Term? Conceptualization and Theorization
• State Family Policies: Understand the Institutional Context of Family Attitudes and Behavior
• Religion and Social Norms: Understand the Cultural Context of Family Attitudes and Behavior
• Interaction between Family Attitudes and Economic Development: Women’s Education and Employment
• Reciprocal Association between Attitudes and Behavior regarding Marriage and Fertility
• New Data on Attitudes regarding Marriage and Fertility
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
We invite those interested in participating in the conference to submit original paper proposals. We expect to publish selected papers from those accepted for presentation in a monograph/special journal issue. Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of 300 words, a short biography of 150 words, and should be submitted on the attached form and sent to ARI NUS Marriage Conference firstname.lastname@example.org The submission closes on 31 July 2013. Visit http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/showfile.asp?eventfileid=754 for the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 16 September 2013 and be required to send in a completed draft paper (5000-8000 words) by 13 January 2014.
Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial funding will be granted to successful applicants. Participants are therefore encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. Full funding will cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means, plus board and lodging for the duration of the conference.
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