socio 29.pdf - Published in Sociology[2017 First online DOI 10.1177\/0038038516688613 Neo-traditional Child Surnaming in Contemporary China Women\u2019s

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1 Published in Sociology [2017] First online DOI: 10.1177/0038038516688613. Neo - traditional Child Surnaming in Contemporary China: Women’s Rights as Veiled Patriarchy Abstract A sparse sociological literature on surnaming reports predominantly Western cases. This paper examines surnaming practices in present - day China, where married women universally retain their surname as part of a national political project. The one - child policy disrupts the practice of providing to a child his/her father’s surname. Wives from daughter - only families increasingly provide their surname to their child(ren). Various social forms of mother - surname - to - child practices are discussed, including those involving zhao - xu (uxorilocal marriage) and liang - tou - dun (‘two places to stay’). The paper reports a gender strategy of mother - to - child surnaming that paradoxically enforces patriarchal inheritance and obligation. A concept, ‘veiled patriarchy’, is developed and applied to surnaming practices in contemporary China. Key words: surnaming, gender, veiled patriarchy, power, obligation, inheritance Author: Xiaoying Qi Affiliation: Australian Catholic University and Hong Kong Baptist University Contact details: Email: [email protected]
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