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Nativism and Modernity
Cultural Contestations in China and Taiwan under Global Capitalism
Nativism and Modernity
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Ming-yan Lai - Author
SUNY series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies
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Hardcover - 242 pages
Release Date: January 2008
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7285-9

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Release Date: January 2009
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Comparative study of contemporary nativist literary and cultural movements in China and Taiwan.

Nativism and Modernity is the first comparative study of xiangtu nativism in Taiwan and xungen nativism in China. It offers a new critical perspective on these two important literary and cultural movements in contemporary Chinese contexts and shows how nativism can be a vital form of place-based oppositional practice under global capitalism. While nativism has often been viewed in nostalgic terms, Ming-yan Lai instead focuses on the structural implications of nativist oppositional claims and their transformations of marginality into alternative discursive spaces and practices. Through contextual analysis and close readings of key texts, Lai addresses interdisciplinary issues of modernity and critically explores the two nativist discourses’ various engagements with power relations covering a multitude of social differentiations, including nation, class, gender, and ethnicity.

Nativism and Modernity rescues nativism from the usual charges of nationalism and regionalism (while making careful distinctions between the terms), and explicates its many promises and limits in a judicious manner. The book makes an important contribution to the study of nativism and will go a long way in dispelling simplistic misconceptions of the intellectual and literary formation known as nativism.” — Shu-mei Shih, author of The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917–1937

Ming-yan Lai
is Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Interrogating (through) the Native

1. Of Alter/Natives, Margins and Post/Modernity at the Rim

2. Beneath the Claims of Native Soil: Class, Nation, Gender, and Xiangtu Nativism in Taiwan

3. Beyond the Reach of Roots: Marginality, Masculinity, and Xungen Nativism in the People’s Republic of China

4. Gendering Natives, Engendering Alternatives

Postscript: Place-based Politics in China and Taiwan Today

Notes
Index



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