Being a single man in rural China

Isabelle Attané, DefiChine research team, Tania Angeloff, Michel Bozon, Lisa Eklund, Giovanna M. Merli, Thierry Pairault, Su Wang, Li Shuzhuo, Yang Xueyan, Wang Sasa, Li Weidong, Yang Bo, Zhang Qunlin

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Those who are single in rural China are almost exclusively men. The presence of excess men in the population combines with internal migration and women's quest for upward social mobility through marriage to explain this phenomenon. The DefiChine survey sheds light on the situation of single men in three rural districts of Shaanxi. One of its findings is that, although the shortage of women does create competition between men looking for a wife, the social and economic dimensions of male singlehood cannot be ignored.

Original languageEnglish
Article number557
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPopulation and Societies
Issue number557
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • Male singlehood
  • Rural China
  • Sex imbalance
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Social norms


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