The “Second-Wife” Phenomenon and the Relational Construction of Class-Coded Masculinities in Contemporary China

  title={The “Second-Wife” Phenomenon and the Relational Construction of Class-Coded Masculinities in Contemporary China},
  author={Suowei Xiao},
  journal={Men and Masculinities},
  pages={607 - 627}
  • Suowei Xiao
  • Published 28 June 2011
  • Sociology
  • Men and Masculinities
In this article, the author takes a relational approach to examining the construction of class-coded forms of masculinity in contemporary China. Drawing upon ethnographic data and documentary research on thirty-one second-wife (er nai/yiih naaih) arrangements of Chinese men (long-term, quasi-marital arrangements between a married man and an economically dependent woman), the author highlights women’s contribution in men’s articulation and negotiation of gender and class identities. Specifically… 

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