The Struggle for a Sovereign Taiwanese Sociology: History and Lessons

Friday, July 18, 2014: 4:15 PM
Room: 503
Oral Presentation
Hsin-Huang Michael HSIAO , Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

The Struggle for a Sovereign Taiwanese Sociology: History and Critique

I. The  modern political history of Taiwan and its political limits to and

shaping of Tawianese sociology

    1. Under the Japanese colonial rule: 1895-1945  ( non-existence of

sociology in Taiwan)

   2. Under the Chinese Nationalist authoritarian rule: 1945-1980  (

suppressed sociology of Taiwan)

   3. After the political liberalization and democratization: 1980-2013 (

indigenization of sociology for Taiwan)

II. The true beginning of localization of sociology of, by and for Taiwanese

society and its people

    1. The moderate turn

    2. The critical turn

    3. The radical turn

III. Is there a self- reflecting and self-criticizing "Taiwanese theory "

for the making of Taiwanese sociology for sovereign Taiwan people?

    1. Critical assessment of the limits of  localized Taiwanese sociology

so far

    2. Critical assessment of the limits of globalized Taiwanese sociology

so far

    3. The struggle of solving the "problematic" of the sovereignty of

Taiwan state, Taiwanese people, and Taiwanese sociology.

IV. What can  the Taiwanese experience  contribute to the making of a truly

global sociology?