Disentangling Gender and Ethnicity in Ethnic Intermarriage

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


This chapter develops a theoretical framework that guides the analysis and presentation of data. It addresses the relevance of ethnicity and gender in the study of ethnic intermarriage in view of macro-social trends such as individualisation and globalisation. The use of ethnicity and gender as tools in the analysis of everyday social life is first accessed. The chapter then provides a critical review of existing theories of intersectionality, explaining the need to acknowledge the mutually constituent and mutually shaping relations between gender and ethnicity in intermarriage. Highlighting the interplay between locality and temporality, the life-story model of identity is introduced as a theoretically plausible and empirically feasible framework for disentangling the intersectionality between gender and ethnic identities in distinct types of Chinese-British families.


Social Identity Ethnic Identity Social Category Life Story Multiple Identity 
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  • Yang Hu
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of EssexEssexUK

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