Social Control and Circles of Influence in Taiwan’s School System

  • Susyan Jou
  • Min-Cheng Lin


Unlike many other societal transitions to democracy, Taiwan’s rapid and dramatic economic progress did not create massive social disorder. The economic and political achievements are arguably partly attributable to its education system, in which students are served well with rigorous teaching in academic knowledge and social conformity. This chapter takes a glance at the development of Taiwan’s educational system and elucidates the norms and daily practices of such social control in schools in respect of students’ behaviours and campus safety, achieved through supervisory practices by teachers and administrative staff. We conclude the chapter by suggesting that the school’s social control base in Taiwan is weakening, arguably making the function of school more utilitarian in orientation and more visibly a mechanism of mere social selection.


School Social control Taiwan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susyan Jou
    • 1
  • Min-Cheng Lin
    • 2
  1. 1.National Taipei UniversityNew TaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Yi-Kao Junior High SchoolNew TaipeiTaiwan

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