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In the Name of Harmony and Prosperity
Labor and Gender Politics in Taiwan's Economic Restructuring
In the Name of Harmony and Prosperity
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Anru Lee - Author
SUNY series in the Anthropology of Work
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Hardcover - 212 pages
Release Date: May 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6033-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6033-7

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Offers an analysis of the dynamics of Taiwan's export-oriented industrialization, particularly its impact on women and other workers.

Since the 1980s Taiwan has grown into a global manufacturing powerhouse, a model of success that has inspired emulation throughout the developing world. Yet at the very peak of this expansion, Taiwan began to feel squeezed by changes both domestically and internationally. In the Name of Harmony and Prosperity examines Taiwan's economic restructuring since the late 1980s. Anru Lee discusses the latest phase of Taiwan's socio-economic development, most importantly the dialectical relationship between its export-oriented industrialization, change in production processes, and discourse on work ethics, including the subject formation of women workers as it relates to conditions in the global economy. At the center of this study is the process by which labor-capital relations become fair and legitimate, and how they contribute to our understanding of Asian capitalism and its role in the world economy.

“…interesting and very readable.” — The China Journal

“…this book will certainly be of interest to ER [(employment relations)] researchers who focus on comparative ER in east Asia and/or the role of women in the labour market. It is also a welcome addition to the somewhat limited number of books and articles on Taiwanese ER that are written in English.” — Industrial Relations Journal

“…the wide range of personal interviews makes this an impressive piece of fieldwork research. It makes a valuable contribution to the socio-economic studies on Taiwan and also offers an insight into the culture aspect of Asian capitalism.”— The China Quarterly

"This is the best book in years on the important question of how to understand Taiwan's economic success and its distinctive modernization. Lee makes clearer than anyone why the labor of young women has been central to that development and to the modernizing culture that surrounds it." — Hill Gates, author of Chinese Working-Class Lives: Getting by in Taiwan

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Lee shows that gender alone is insufficient to explain the social and economic positions of women in any society. Showing great sensitivity and sharp observational skills, Lee demonstrates how the wider context of the political economy of the society, the biological life cycle of a person, and other local and international factors must also be taken into account." — Josephine Smart, coeditor of Plural Globalities in Multiple Localities: New World Borders

Anru Lee is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. She is the coeditor (with Catherine Farris and Murray A. Rubinstein) of Women in the New Taiwan: Gender Roles and Gender Consciousness in a Changing Society.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Taiwan's Great Transformation

2. From Sunrise to Sunset

3. The Waning of a Hard Work Ethic

4. The Meaning of Work

5. Between Filial Daughter and Loyal Sister

6. Guests from the Tropics

7. Bridging the Global and the Local: Understanding Taiwan's Economic Restructuring

Notes

References

Index



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