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Gendered TrajectoriesWomen, Work, and Social Change in Japan and Taiwan$
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Wei-hsin Yu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760096

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760096.001.0001

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Gender Inequality and Social Change in Japan and Taiwan

Gender Inequality and Social Change in Japan and Taiwan

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(p.1) Chapter One Gender Inequality and Social Change in Japan and Taiwan
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Gendered Trajectories
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760096.003.0001

This chapter introduces the main themes of the book, addressing how social institutions affect women's employment during economic development by comparing changes in women's job opportunities in Japan and Taiwan during the second half of the twentieth century. Although these two East Asian countries differ in their levels of development, they share several important features that make such a comparison particularly relevant. The central questions of this study are how and why Japan and Taiwan diverged with regard to women's employment opportunities during their life course. Using a comparative–historical approach, this study considers how Japanese and Taiwanese women came to their current places. It also discusses gender and social change in industrial societies.

Keywords:   development, life courses, gender, social change, Japanese women, Taiwanese women, industrial society

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