Facilitating Civic Awareness and Social Participation as a Product: A Case Study of Formosa Salon

Bo Yi Lee*

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Social marketing aims to improve social welfare by changing individuals' behaviours, and deepening democracy should not be an exception. We can use social marketing to enhance civic awareness and public engagement by turning citizens who do not care about these issues into active participants in our society. However, current research has not explored how we can apply social marketing to achieve this goal. This research examines Formosa Salon from the perspectives of exchange theory, the theory of hierarchy of effects, and the framework of the social marketing mix. By gathering and analysing data from archival data, semi-structured interviews, and researchers' engagement, this study views increasing civic awareness and promoting public engagement in social issues as a product sold by Formosa Salon. The price of this product is the knowledge barrier. The organisers of Formosa Salon have marketed their product on the internet and through higher education institutions in London. The contributions of this study and key recommendations are also identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Taiwan Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Formosa Salon
  • civic awareness
  • social marketing
  • social participation


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