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Art, violence and memory in Taiwan: Telling the story of the beautiful island


Harrison, M, Art, violence and memory in Taiwan: Telling the story of the beautiful island, Thesis Eleven: Rethinking Social and Political Theory, 146, (1) pp. 3-23. ISSN 0725-5136 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0725513618776665


Taiwan is a liminal site of modernity in Asia. It is a modern exemplar as a liberal democracy with a developed economy, but is mostly unrecognized as a nation-state in the international system. In its liminality, however, it traces contours of modern power and their epistemological expression. This paper presents an account of Taiwan as an object of knowledge and representation in instances of scholarship and policy, Taiwanese politics, urban development and art, arguing that the narratives through which Taiwan is understood embed a lived experience as Taiwanese under forms of epistemological domination. The paper then explores Taiwanese responses of co-option and resistance in alternative sites of knowledge, and it concludes that the critical unexamined force in Taiwan’s experience of modernity is violence.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:art, China, democratisation, epistemology, modernity, modernisation, politics, Taiwan, violence
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social theory
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Harrison, M (Dr Mark Harrison)
ID Code:126504
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-06-14
Last Modified:2018-12-03

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