Gender and ethnicity in the disciplining of children by Singaporean mothers
Izzah Farhanah Mohamed Fauzan
Date of Issue2017-04-11
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Gender is a salient concept in every social institution and as such, this cross-ethnic, qualitative study aimed to uncover if dominant norms influence whether and how mothers discipline their children according to their gender. Semi-structured interviews with respondents from each of the three dominant ethnicities (Chinese, Malays, Indians) in Singapore were conducted. The study managed to uncover that children are indeed disciplined according to their gender - delineated through harsher discipline for boys and a lower tolerance of transgressions for girls, following ideals of gender essentialism. Further, ethnic differences were derived from Malay and Chinese mothers in how these differentiated discipline were expressed.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University