Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 3 Number 2 (November 2015)

Table of Contents

Research Note

Gender Values in Vietnam-Between Confucianism, Communism, and Modernization

Ingrid Grosse pp. 253-272
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t is regularly claimed that Communism and Confucianism shape gender-related norms, practices, and institutions in Vietnam. Some scholars emphasize the ongoing relevance of Confucian traditions, while others hold that Communist rule led to more gender-equal norms, practices, and institutions. By contrast, I suggest that broader socioeconomic modernization processes should be considered. I use data from the World Values Survey to investigate the question of the relative influence of Communism, Confucianism, and modernization processes on gender attitudes. The results show that modernization is a crucial factor in understanding gender attitudes, but that Communism and Confucianism likewise have an influence.
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