This book examines and reviews some of the key figures in Taiwan Studies to plot the development of the field by revisiting their earlier influential books and bodies of work.
Often autobiographical in detail, each chapter asks the author to discuss the origins of their research and how their engagement with the field has developed since. The contributors then discuss their methodologies, fieldwork and arguments, as well as how their work was received at the time. They also go on to reflect on their chosen methods and core findings, assessing whether they have stood the test of time. Reflecting the diversity of the Taiwan Studies field, subjects covered in this volume include sociology, musicology, linguistics, comparative politics, international relations and anthropology. As such, this comprehensive overview adopts a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to understanding Taiwan.
Painting a picture of the changing state of international Taiwan Studies through the work of leading scholars, this book will be invaluable to students and scholars of Taiwan Studies, Chinese Studies and Asian politics, culture and society.
Table of Contents
1. Taiwan Studies Revisited, Dafydd Fell and Hsin-huang Michael Hsiao
Part 1: 1980s-early 1990s
2. My Journey of Social Movements and Civil Society Research Revisited, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
3. State and Society in the Taiwan Miracle Revisited, Thomas B. Gold
4. Revisiting Taiwan: China’s Last Frontier, Simon Long
Part 2: 1990s
5. Revisiting Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism: Identity and Status in International Society, Christopher R. Hughes
6. Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy Revisited, Shelley Rigger
Part 3: 2000s Towards a Golden Era
7. In the Name of Harmony and Prosperity and Beyond: Gender and Labour as a (Renewed) Research Agenda, Anru Lee
8. Tigers on the Mountain: Assessing Is Taiwan Chinese? in 2018, Melissa J. Brown
9. Healthy Democracies and Welfare Politics in Taiwan: The Arguments, Refinements and Limitations, Joseph Wong
10. Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan Revisited, Nancy Guy
11. Party Politics in Taiwan Revisited, Dafydd Fell
12. Writing Taiwanese: Then and now, how, why and who? Henning Klöter
13. Depoliticizing a structurally politicized society: The importance of responsible political agency, Mikael Mattlin
Dafydd Fell is the Reader in Comparative Politics with special reference to Taiwan at the Department of Politics and International Studies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is also the Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies.
Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao is the Adjunct Research Fellow of the Institute of Sociology, in Academia Sinica, Taiwan and Chair Professor of Hakka Studies, National Central University. He is also the chairman of both Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) and the Executive Committee of Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), National Chengchi University.
"This book deserves to grace the shelves of anyone involved or interested in Taiwan studies. It asks authors of influential books on Taiwan to reflect on their work, years or in some cases decades after their publication. In doing so, we learn much about the consequential ways in which Taiwan has changed and our evolving understanding of those changes."
Jonathan Sullivan, The China Quarterly, UK