Gender Related Social Groups

Patrilineality is the primary organizing principle of Taiwanese life (see Section on socialization), and social institutions are mainly structured around men. Kin relations beyond lineage, lacking institutionalization, receive little scholarly attention. Nevertheless, with industrialization, matrilateral and affinal relationships are becoming more important than heretofore (B. Gallin & Gallin, 1985). For example, although women are expected to devote themselves to their husbands' families, many use their "private money" (sz fang chien) to help their natal families financially (R. S. Gallin, 2000; Tsui, 1987). Further, the weakening utility of lineage groups that accompanied industrialization made associations such as fictive kinship groups assume new importance, particularly for men (B. Gallin & Gallin, 1977).

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