272 pages | 51 B/W Illus.
Taipei's quest to become a global city is the key to its urban development. Globalizing Taipei looks at this "Asian Dragon", a major city in the South China Growth Triangle and a centre for transnational production, revealing how the development of this capital has received firm state support but is conditioned by international and domestic politics.
The book is divided into four parts: economic and spatial restructuring, state and society realignment, social differentiation and cultural reorientation. Each analyzes the interaction of international, state and local politics in the shaping of the city's urban environment since World War II.
All contributors to this edited volume are Taiwan scholars presenting critical insiders' views. Based on each author's specialization and research focus, each chapter provides an in-depth consideration of one of Taipei's developmental issues generated by globalization. Collectively they provide broad, insightful and coherent coverage of this crucial time in Taipei's global transmutation.
'Taipei has always remained one of the world's most intriguing yet least understood major cities - but, with the publication of this major research study, there is understanding at last.' – Sir Peter Hall, University College London, UK
'Academic studies about Taipei … are uncommon … hence it is a pleasure to see this edited volume … anyone interested in modern Taiwan and especially Taipei and its development, will find this volume highly informative and useful as a reference work.' – The China Journal
'[This book] is a welcome and much-needed contribution to the understanding of Taipei, and the insight it provides into processes of urbanization and globalization.' – IDPR
Introduction: Asian Dragons, South China Growth Triangle, Developmental Governance and Globalizing Taipei Part 1: Economic and Spatial Restructuring 1. The Evolution of Economic Base: From Industrial City, Post-Industrial City to Interface City2. The Development of Economic Structure: Producer Services and Growth Constraints3. The Transformation of Spatial Structure: From a Monocentric to a Polycentric CityPart 2: State and Society Realignment 4. Urban Politics and Spatial Development: The Energence of a Participatory Planning5. Provision for Collective Consumption: Housing Production under Neoliberalism6. Domestic Politics in Urban Image Creation: Xinyi as the "Manhattan of Taipei"Part 3: Social Differentiation7. Social Polarization and Income Inequality: Migration and Urban Labor Market8. Daily Consumption in a Globalizing City: Food Markets at the CrossroadsPart 4: Cultural Reorientation 9. Modernization Ideoscope: Imaginative Geography and Aesthetic Landscape in Taipei Rapid Transit System10. Commentary on the Marginalized Society: Tsai Ming-Liang's Films11. Postscript: Current Dilemma and Future Uncertainty
This series offers a unique window on the creation of the modern environment. Designed for an international readership, the emphasis is on:
Within this framework the books address three themes: