DefiChine in Brief

DefiChine focuses on specific aspects of men’s life in a context of numerical imbalance between the sexes. It has four basic objectives:

-To analyse from the theoretical and empirical point of view, men’s propensity to challenge the social norms governing union and family formation and mate-selection process, to deal with the changes in sex structure;

- To understand how the reduced availability of female partners is related to men’s perception of women status and gender roles;

- To study male sexual behaviours in a context of a reduced availability of female partners and significant social control;

- To analyse the living conditions of the men who remain unmarried against their will (social participation, socio-economic characteristics), given that forming a family within a heterosexual marriage still appears to be a prerequisite for developing social networks and getting social recognition.

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