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dc.contributor.authorWu, Chengqiuen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:11:40Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:11:40Zen
dc.date.issued2007-05-18en
dc.identifier.otheretd-05252007-134931en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/37918en
dc.description.abstractSince the early 1990s, more and more people in Taiwan have come to view Taiwan itself as a country independent of China. They consider themselves Taiwanese rather than Chinese. Drawing on a social constructionist perspective to nationalism and Laclau and Mouffeâ s theory of discourse, this dissertation attempts to analyze the discursive mechanisms that have constructed this new collective imagination by many people in Taiwan that now regard themselves as members of an independent Taiwanese nation. The research questions of this dissertation are: how has the post-1949 national identity of Taiwan been discursively transformed since the early 1990s? What are the discursive and institutional mechanisms that have reproduced the Taiwanese national identity? What challenges is the Taiwanese national identity facing? To answer these questions, this dissertation outlines three nationalist discourses and five representations that have been derived from them regarding Taiwanâ s status, its relationship with mainland China, and the national identity of people in Taiwan. It examines the changes in Taiwanâ s discursive regime and symbolic economy since the early 1990s, showing how the rise of Taiwanese national identity has been closely related to political leadersâ identification with Taiwanese nationalism. I argue that the rise of Taiwanese national identity in Taiwan has been an effect of a discursive contestation among the three major nationalist discourses and the polarization of the discursive field. This dissertation also explores the provincial origin issue---which has been closely related to ethnic tension in Taiwan---and the relations between the nationalist discourses and democratization. In addition, to explore the possibility for a deconstruction of the Taiwanese national identity, I examine the challenges that the Taiwanese national identity faces, focusing on democracy, the Democratic Progressive Partyâ s performance as the ruling party, and the cross-Strait economic integration and political interactions.en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartWuChengqiuVTPGGDissertation2007.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectdiscourseen
dc.subjectChinaen
dc.subjectnational identityen
dc.subjectTaiwanen
dc.subjectdemocratizationen
dc.subjectcross-Strait relationsen
dc.subjectnationalismen
dc.titleThe Discursive Construction of Taiwanese National Identityen
dc.typeDissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentPlanning, Governance, and Globalizationen
dc.description.degreePh. D.en
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplinePlanning, Governance, and Globalizationen
dc.contributor.committeechairLuke, Timothy W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberYang, Dennis T.en
dc.contributor.committeememberNelson, Scott C.en
dc.contributor.committeememberStivachtis, Yannis A.en
dc.contributor.committeememberWeisband, Edwarden
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05252007-134931/en
dc.date.sdate2007-05-25en
dc.date.rdate2007-06-05en
dc.date.adate2007-06-05en


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