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Book
Straughan, P. (2009). Marriage dissolution in Singapore: revisiting family
values and ideology in marriage. Boston: Brill.
Book Chapter
Chan, P.C.W. 2010. "Shared values of Singapore: sexual minority rights as
Singaporean value“. Pp. 9-26 in Protection of sexual minorities since
Stonewall: progress and stalemate in developed and developing countries ,
edited by Phil C.W. Chan. London: Routledge.
Journal Article
Teo, Y. 2010. "Shaping the Singapore family, producing the state and society."
Economy and Society 39(3):337-359.
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Acknowledgements: Western U.ca
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Sun, Shirley Hsiao-Li. 2012. “Care expectations,
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and Social Policy 32(11-12):650-63.
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Morillo, Hannah M., Joseph J. Capuno and Jr Amado M. Mendoza.
2013. "Views and values on family among Filipinos: an empirical
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Filial piety and intergenerational relationships
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1. Discuss the ways in which
globalization affects family life and
structure?
6. For better or for worse? Young
adults’ perceptions on marriage and
social well-being.
2. “Choosing a life-partner and
getting married is a private and
personal choice.” Discuss from the
sociological perspective.
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children and housework, is often the
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Who makes a better a parent?
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quality.
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Singapore family.
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