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Harrison, M 2007 , 'Where is Taiwanese identity?', in C Storm and M Harrison (eds.), The margins of becoming: identity and culture in Taiwan , studia formosiana (5) , Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, Germany, pp. 241-243.

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This chapter explores the ambivalent space between subjective authenticity and objective analysis which characterizes attempts to define Taiwanese identity. The chapter draws on BHABHA's notion of 'double writing' to suggest that while scholarship and nationalist ideology speak from differemnt subject positions and from different institutional settings, they nevertheless convey similar forms of information about the constitution of identity in Taiwan. Taiwanese identity, therefore, operates in that space "between the pedagogical and the performative". The chapter concludes that this feature of Taiwanese identity challenges the viability of sociological or political science approaches, and enables an understanding of Taiwanese identity as unbounded and characterized by a dynamic process of political contestation.

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Authors/Creators:Harrison, M
Publisher: Harrassowitz Verlag
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