Setting the Coordinates for an Intellectual Map of Gender, Work and Taiwan

  • Ting-Fang Chin
Part of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series (GSCA)


This chapter focuses on existing literature in order to set up the research context for this study. I first draw attention to research that depicts the economic and social background in relation to women’s employment in Taiwan. Considering the emerging social changes and shifts, I propose that further inclusive investigation into women’s working lives in Taiwan is required. Next a discussion about scholarship that offers a critical perspective on recontextualising East Asian and Taiwanese society is introduced. I advocate acknowledgement of the localisation of Confucianism as well as the negotiation of resistance in the East Asian context. Finally, the focus shifts to the theories that have influenced the conceptualisation of women’s labour and gender in this research. I approach gender as a social construction which is accomplished in everyday practices and emphasise the gendered and gendering implications in labour.


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  • Ting-Fang Chin
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  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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