1st Edition

The Social Construction of the Ocean and Modern Taiwan

By Kuang-hao Hou Copyright 2023
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book interprets the meanings of the uses, regulations, and representations of the ocean undertaken by the state and other societal power sources in modern Taiwan between 1949 and 2016.

    Following Michael Mann’s historical sociology and Philip Steinberg’s political geography, the book analyses the construction of the ocean by the society of Taiwan in terms of ideological, political, military and economic sources of power. It also provides a structural foundation for creating a framework of the politics in maritime and ocean affairs through the lens of an interpretive analysis of the modern Taiwanese construction of the ocean. Moreover, it explores the social constructions of the ocean through the written works of intellectuals in natural sciences, social studies and humanities in Taiwan after the 1980s.

    Succinctly revealing how Taiwanese society has influenced the social construction of the ocean, this book will appeal to scholars and students interested in Taiwanese politics and history, political geography and Asian politics.


    Note on Romanisation

    List of abbreviations

    1 Introduction: Ocean, Politics and the Society of Taiwan

    2 The State’s Construction of the Ocean in Modern Taiwan

    3 The Social Constructions of the Ocean by the Ideological Sources of Power in Modern Taiwan

    4 The Social Constructions of the Ocean by the Military Sources of Power in Modern Taiwan

    5 The Social Constructions of the Ocean by the Economic Sources of Power in Modern Taiwan

    6 Conclusion: A Foundation for the Political Analysis of Marine Policy



    Kuang-hao Hou is Associate Professor in the Department of Ocean and Border Governance, National Quemoy University, Taiwan, ROC.