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.

part III|2 pages

2000s towards a golden era

chapter 7|21 pages

In the Name of Harmony and Prosperity and beyond

Gender and labour as a (renewed) research agenda

chapter 8|29 pages

Tigers on the mountain

Assessing Is Taiwan Chinese? in 2018 1

chapter 9|19 pages

Healthy democracies and welfare politics in Taiwan

The arguments, refinements and limitations

chapter 11|19 pages

Party Politics in Taiwan revisited

chapter 12|18 pages

Writing Taiwanese

Then and now, how, why and who?

chapter 13|19 pages

Depoliticizing a structurally politicized society

The importance of responsible political agency