Global policy paradigm, gender equality and everyday lives in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Taipei

Patricia Kennett, Kam Wah Chan, Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan

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Focusing on the interface between gender equality, the labour market, and everyday lives in four East Asian societies – China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan – this article seeks to articulate the spatial expression and multi-scalarity of global governance and policy paradigms. It will demonstrate that whilst regions, places and people are influenced by global processes and paradigms, these move and embed in different ways across spaces, time and scales. In this context, the article seeks to develop a more nuanced appreciation of ‘the social lives’ of global policy models, engaging with the role of ideas and institutions and the interactions of transnational, national and local dynamics in the shaping of gender equality policies and everyday experiences.
Drawing on qualitative data collected in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Taipei the article draws out the perceptions of individuals from different policy, sectoral, social and cultural settings of gender equality. It highlights the tensions and disjunctures between general principles and particular situations, and in embedding gender equality policies into the social imaginaries and everyday lives of women and men. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing the role of place and power relations in shaping localised responses to and experiences of gender justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1359
Number of pages17
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Issue number9
Early online date25 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


  • Gender justice, global policy paradigms, everyday lives, tensions and disjuncture, place and power


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