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

Harrison, M ORCID: 0000-0002-5581-7910 2018 , 'Art, violence and memory in Taiwan: Telling the story of the beautiful island' , Thesis Eleven: Rethinking Social and Political Theory, vol. 146, no. 1 , pp. 3-23 , doi:

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

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Harrison, M
Keywords: Taiwan politics epistemology democracy art violence history
Journal or Publication Title: Thesis Eleven: Rethinking Social and Political Theory
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 0725-5136
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