Gender, Traditionalism and Democratic Diversity on Taiwan

By Chin Hu.

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This paper examines the relationship between gender and democratic diversity in Taiwan. Utilizing two island-wide surveys, noticeable gender difference in levels of support for democratic diversity under Taiwan’s long term authoritarian government were found with a majority of women rejecting the ideas of democratic diversity. Nonetheless, women’s democratic orientation in the early 2000s was clearly transformed into positive support for democracy after over a decade’s democratization. In addition, regression models were developed to test determinants of women’s democratic orientation, including traditionalism, socioeconomic positions, social capital, and demographic factors. The analysis finds that modern cultural values, education and income have significantly explained the variations in women’s democratic diversity support. This study therefore rejects claims of the dominant effect of familism on Taiwanese women.

Keywords: Democracy, Democratic Diversity, Civil Liberties, Gender, Taiwan

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.111-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 699.552KB).

Dr. Chin Hu

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

My major works are in Political Sociology (with a focus on democratization and Taiwan) and immigration studies (Asian and Muslim immigrants in the U.S.) Other areas of interests include globalization, cross-cultural analysis, and studies of civic engagement through service-learning courses.


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