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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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Comparing Labor Market Structures and Workplace Dynamics

Comparing Labor Market Structures and Workplace Dynamics

(p.45) Chapter Three Comparing Labor Market Structures and Workplace Dynamics
Gendered Trajectories
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This chapter considers the explanations for the differences in women's employment trajectories in Japan and Taiwan. It shows how specific differences between the two national labor markets contribute to the different work environments women face in the two countries. The macrolevel differences center on the two countries' industrial strategies, predominant employment practices, and structures of business organizations. The discussion examines how preexisting structural conditions contributed to the different strategies that employers adopted in response to market shifts during the two economies' development. it argues that women's working conditions and workplace atmosphere affect their perceptions of the feasibility of combining their job and family responsibilities. The perceived level of compatibility between work and family directly affects women's decisions about employment at key moments of their lives.

Keywords:   industrial strategies, employment practices, workplace dynamics, family responsibilities

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