The Minor Arts of Daily Life: Popular Culture in Taiwan

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With an intended audience of North American college students, this work approaches examinations of Taiwanese daily life from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Presented by editors Jordan (anthropology, U. of California at San Diego), Morris (history, California Polytechnic State U.), and Moskowitz (sociology and anthropology, Lake Forest College), the ten contributions begin with a brief history of the island country, before turning to discussions of such topics as chicken-beheading rituals and dispute resolution, the making of gay and lesbian identity, the politics of television call-in shows, Amway and the alternative economic culture of Taiwan, the history of Taiwanese baseball, and Freudian angst in modern cinema. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824827373
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Background: A History Troubled and Glorious
1 Taiwan's History: An Introduction 3
Pt. II Religion and Ritual: The Celebration of Belief and Doubt
2 Fowl Play: Chicken-Beheading Rituals and Dispute Resolution in Taiwan 35
3 Pop in Hell: Chinese Representations of Purgatory in Taiwan 50
Pt. III An Emerging Public Sphere: Saying Now What Could Not Be Said Before
4 From Hidden Kingdom to Rainbow Community: The Making of Gay and Lesbian Identity in Taiwan 67
5 Taiwan's Mass-Mediated Crisis Discourse: Pop Politics in an Era of Political TV Call-in Shows 89
Pt. IV Economic Life: Money and Meaning
6 The Other Woman in Your Home: Social and Racial Discourses on "Foreign Maids" in Taiwan 111
7 Hot and Noisy: Taiwan's Night Market Culture 129
8 Disciplined Bodies in Direct Selling: Amway and Alternative Economic Culture in Taiwan 150
Pt. V Entertainment and the Audience: Living for the Moment and Moments for the Living
9 Baseball, History, the Local and the Global in Taiwan 175
10 Yang-Sucking She-Demons: Penetration, Fear of Castration, and Other Freudian Angst in Modern Chinese Cinema 204
Notes 219
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations 237
Glossary of Characters 241
References 247
Contributors 269
Index 271
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