Title

Marriage and parenthood in Singapore

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1-2015

Abstract

Perhaps the one singular concern that has dominated headlines in post-independence Singapore is the country's below replacement fertility since the late 1970s. For a small nation-state which relies on manpower as her only resource, this has caused alarm both for the government as well as for Singaporeans. The latest report on marriages and divorces (Department of Statistics [DOS], Statistics on Marriage and Divorces 2013, 2014) highlighted what has become the norm for the city-state — falling marriage and fertility rates, delayed age at first marriage, rising singlehood — all cumulating in indicators warning of a fast-ageing society. This chapter will look at the state's response to the population dilemma and critically discuss the adequacy of these interventions.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society | Sociology of Culture

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

50 Years of Social Issues in Singapore

Editor

David Chan

First Page

61

Last Page

73

ISBN

9789814632607

Identifier

10.1142/9789814632621_0004

Publisher

World Scientific Publishing Company

City or Country

Singapore

Additional URL

http://doi.org./10.1142/9789814632621_0004

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