Taiwan's rapid socio-economic and political transformation has given rise to a gender-conscious middle class that is attempting to redefine the roles of women in society, to restructure relationship patterns, and to organize in groups outside the family unit. This book examines internal psychological processes and external societal processes as the feminist movement in Taiwan expands and new gender roles are explored. The contributors represent a cross section of different disciplines - history, anthropology, and sociology - and different generations of China/Taiwan scholars. They place the issues facing Taiwan's women's movement in social, political, and economic contexts. The book examines gender relations, the role of women in Chinese society, and issues related to women in China throughout history. Feminism and gender relations are also viewed from the context of film and literature. The authors look at the contemporary roles that women play in Taiwan's work force today, how the sexes perceive each other in the workplace, and more.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part Part I|98 pages
Gender in Historical Perspective
chapter 1|11 pages
What Can Feminist Theory Do for the Study of Chinese History?
chapter 3|18 pages
An Island of Beautiful Women
part Part II|122 pages
Gender and Social Interaction in Contemporary Taiwan
chapter 6|19 pages
Between Filial Daughter and Loyal Sister
chapter 8|22 pages
Should Women Get Equal Pay for Equal Work?
chapter 10|22 pages
The Blue Whirlwind Strikes Below the Belt
part Part III|102 pages
Feminisms and Cultural Critique
part |54 pages