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Title: CRITICAL GEOPOLITICS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY IN TAIWAN
Authors: HUANG JIANYI
Keywords: Agency, Critical geopolitics, National identity, Taiwan, Young people
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: HUANG JIANYI (2018). CRITICAL GEOPOLITICS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY IN TAIWAN. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Foregrounding young people in critical geopolitics, this thesis focuses on their role and agency in shaping national identity in Taiwan. It uses a framework that considers the interpretation, negotiation and participation of young people in the geopolitical process of shaping national identity narratives across the different spatial contexts of home, social media and public sphere. Identifying gaps between the potential and actual agency of young people in their role as geopolitical actors, I argue that everyday politics affects the formation of young people’s geopolitical role and agency. From interviews and observations, young people in Taiwan demonstrated reflexive and creative agency. As young people negotiate complex relations of people and power in everyday contexts, this thesis illustrates the limits and tensions that arise to constrain the agency of young people. The result is that the potential agency of young people as transformative agents in shaping national identity in Taiwan remains largely unfulfilled. This thesis makes an empirical contribution to growing literature on young people’s engagement with geopolitics. Conceptually, it reflects on the challenges that young people face in the everyday and the implications that everyday politics can have on youthful geopolitical agency. Crossing from theory to practice, this thesis calls for a rethinking of how young people can be meaningfully engaged to contribute constructively in geopolitical process such as the shaping of national identity
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144137
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