9780415934336

The Politics of Locality: Making a Nation of Communities in Taiwan

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415934336

  • ISBN10:

    0415934338

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-08-30
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

During the mid-1990s, Taiwan witnessed a remarkable proliferation of historical writings and cultural movements pertaining to 'the local'. 'Place (difang)' and 'community (shequ)' became two ubiquitous terms in the lexicon of being Taiwanese. This book is a critical examination of the socio-historical condition in which the discourse of local diversity emerged and gradually permeated Taiwan's public culture. Interweaving ethnographic sensibility and theoretical insights across disciplines, including anthropology, cultural studies and cultural geography the study elucidates the complex relationships between localism, nationalism and globalism. Not only is it a rare type of ethnography in Taiwan studies, this book also enriches our understanding of the increasingly significant field of East Asia (post)modernity.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
ix
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Mapping the Local in a Global Terrain
15(18)
The Emergence of Local Culture
33(26)
Localizing the National Past: Historic Preservation in Tanshui
59(24)
Localizing the National Future: Place-Making Movement in Ilan
83(32)
Searching for an Authentic Community
115(20)
Enactment of a Nationscape: Travelling the Local Differences
135(28)
Afterword 163(6)
Bibliography 169(10)
Index 179

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