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Generating power in Taiwan: nuclear, political and religious power

Shih, Fang-Long (2012) Generating power in Taiwan: nuclear, political and religious power. Culture and Religion, 13 (3). pp. 295-313. ISSN 1475-5610

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14755610.2012.706229


This paper addresses how religion is playing an increasingly important role in empowering anti-nuclear protests at Gongliao in Taiwan. It begins by describing how the anti-nuclear movement in Taiwan was originally dependant on the opposition political party, and then examines how growing disaffection with party politics at Gongliao has resulted in a local temple dedicated to the goddess Mazu coming to the forefront of the struggle. This paper frames the dispute as a struggle between three different ways of generating power (and implicitly, of losing power): first, the generation of nuclear power by bureaucrats and scientists working through the industrial sector; second, the generation of political power by opposition politicians and elite campaigners; and third, the generation of religious power by people rooted in local communities, creating an alliance between religious power and secular protest.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Asia Centre
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 10:26
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2024 20:00

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