Academic journal article International Journal of Comparative Sociology

Generations of Taiwanese

Academic journal article International Journal of Comparative Sociology

Generations of Taiwanese

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Department of Sociology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, U.S.A.

International Journal of Comparative Sociology Vol.40 (1999) pp. 407424

Mannheim (1952:283) noted that "Different generations live at the same time. But since experienced Lime is the only real time, they must all in fact be living in qualitatively quite different subjective eras." This paper tests the following hypothesis derived from Mannheim: the extent to which a generation unit "creates new collective impulses original to itself" and distinct from an earlier or later generation is a positive function of the rate of social change. Since the rate of social change has been rapid in Taiwan for several decades, it is hypothesized that, controlling for age, there wilt be significant differences between three generations of Taiwanese in their family and kinship patterns, stratification, class and mobility, and attitudes toward life chances and political participation.

My data come from two independently drawn sample surveys of the Taiwanese (Min-nan and Hakka) population of Taipei. …

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