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‘I couldn't hold the whole thing’: the role of gender, individualisation and risk in shaping fertility preferences in Taiwan

Freeman, Emily, Ma, Xiaohong, Yan, Ping, Yang, Wenshan and Gietel-Basten, Stuart (2018) ‘I couldn't hold the whole thing’: the role of gender, individualisation and risk in shaping fertility preferences in Taiwan. Asian Population Studies, 14 (1). pp. 61-76. ISSN 1744-1730

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17441730.2017.1386408

Abstract

Taiwan has one of the lowest fertility rates in Asia. High direct and indirect costs of childbearing have been identified as key drivers behind this at the macro-level, but little is known about the mechanism of these influences at the individual-level. In 32 qualitative interviews with parents in Taipei, we sought to explore the salient factors for couples in their decisions about having further children. We identified a tension between gendered expectations of childcare responsibilities and women's desire to ‘build a life of one's own’ – a life with options and the freedom to pursue career and social aspirations. Based on our grounded analysis, we reflect on the high relevance of individualisation, risk society and incomplete gender revolution theories for understanding why many couples – and women in particular – choose to cease childbearing at parity one.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/raps20/current
Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor and Francis
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 10:52
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 23:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87519

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