Negotiating Family/Filial Responsibilities: Reflexivity, Tradition, and Taiwanese (Younger) Professional Men

  • Bo-Wei Chen
  • Mairtin Mac an Ghaill


This chapter maps out gendered practices among Taiwanese (younger) professional men, examining how they make sense of their gendered identities through local traditions and cultural practices, such as kin values and filial responsibilities. Although existing literature suggests that late modernity is marked by a decline in tradition, such claims are often under-theorized, with little connection to lived experience. The chapter argues that traditions do not disappear but rather become a complex resource in making sense of the men’s gendered identities. By situating gendered reflexivity within the tension between tradition and detraditionalisation, the article brings together some of the theoretical and cultural complexities involved in understanding contemporary gender relations in Taiwan at a time of rapid global change.


Filial Piety Ritual Practice Strong Tradition Domestic Chore Late Modernity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bo-Wei Chen
    • 1
  • Mairtin Mac an Ghaill
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanhua UniversityDalinTaiwan
  2. 2.Newman UniversityBirminghamUK

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