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Taiwan's Social Movements Under Ma Ying-Jeou : From the Wild Strawberries to the Sunflowers (Hardcover)
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In the spring of 2014, the Sunflower Movement’s occupation of the Legislative Yuan brought Taiwan back into international media attention. It was the culmination of a series of social movements that had been growing in strength since 2008 and have become even more salient since the spring of 2014. Social movements in Taiwan have emerged as a powerful new actor that needs to be understood alongside those players that have dominated the literature such as political parties, local factions, Taishang, China and the United States.
This book attempts to offer readers an introduction to the development of these social movements by examining a number of important movement case studies that focus on the post 2008 period. The KMT’s return to power radically changed the political environment for Taiwan’s civil society and so we consider how social activists responded to this new political opportunity structure. The case chapters are written by authors from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches. Most of the chapters are based on extensive fieldwork and in some cases authors combine being both academics and are also activists themselves. The chapters all focus on a number of core questions. Firstly, we are interested in the roots of these movements. Thus we look at how to best explain their emergence. Secondly, we examine their development trajectories. Thirdly, we consider how to best explain their impact and development patterns. Lastly, we are interested in how to best assess their overall impact. Can we regard them as being successful or failures?
The book will be of interest to students and researchers interested in Taiwanese society and politics, as well as social movements and civil society.