Social Change in East Asian and Developing Countries: Gender and Family Separation

  • Seminar 3 for the ESRC International Research Seminar Series on Child Maintenance: International Perspectives and Policy Challenges
  • 9.30am - 5pm, 27 June 2014
  • Alcuin Research Resource Centre (ARRC), University of York, UK

Delegates of the third ESRC International Seminar on Child Maintenance

Seminar outline

Divorce and parental separation is an intensely private event affecting the lives of many people, yet it sets up many challenges for the state as well as for families. Over the last 50 years, it has transformed the normative trajectory of family life in many western democracies and is now on the increase in many East Asian and developing countries. This ESRC seminar aims to debate the impact of family breakdown on the gendered expectations of parenting, working and caring in separated families.

Convened by Dr Christine Skinner from the University of York and Dr Sirin Sung from Queen's University Belfast, early career researchers and PhD students have been invited to present their work. The presentations will be responded to by discussants on the day. Discussants include:

  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Pascall (University of Nottingham)
  • Professor Dan Meyer (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Dr Kay Cook (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

Seminar Themes

The seminar will open with a keynote presentation from Dr Sirin Sung

  • The East Asian Welfare States, social change and gender

Other indicative themes have yet to be confirmed, but will focus on East Asian and/or developing countries:

  • Rise of lone parenthood and the impact on gender expectations
  • Child maintenance and financial obligations to children
  • Fatherhood and motherhood in separated families
  • Sharing the care of children following relationship breakdown

Talks and presenters

  • East Asian Welfare States and Gender - Dr Sirin Sung
  • Family Change in Colombia: Current Issues and Future Challenges for the Child Maintenance System - Laura Cuesta
  • Family Change in Peru: Single Mothers and Child Maintenance Receipt - Vanessa Rios-Salas
  • Short-listed papers from PhD students working in the field of East Asian welfare states.

ESRC: Economic and Social Research Council

Nuffield Foundation

Very interesting presentations. Lots of variety in topics - yet related enough to be fascinating.

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