Democratic Shifts and Gender in Asia: ‘Scarce’ Women and ‘Surplus’ Men

Demographic accounts of Asia document an unprecedented and dramatic shortage of women in some countries. Widespread sex-selection in favour of boys and female migration flows create regional and local ‘female deficits’ in communities and on marriage markets. More recently, attention has turned to the potential dramatic consequences of a large pool of ‘surplus men’ who will not be able to marry. Based on fieldwork conducted in Vietnam, China nand India, the project provides a critical analysis of this new ‘demographic crisis’ and insights into how local communities and families adapt to the new demographic structure.

This grant is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant

The project team includes: Danièle Bélanger (Principal Investigator, Université Laval), Sharada Srinivasan (Co-investigator, YCAR External Research Associate, University of Guelph), Shu-zhuo Li (Collaborator, Institute for Population and Development Studies, School of Public Policy and Administration, Xi’an Jiaotong University), Nguyen Thi Van (Collaborator), Zhang Kun (Research Assistant) and Weidong Li (Research Assistant).