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The political thinking of the mainland taishang : some preliminary observations from the field

Das politische Denken von Managern (Taiwan) : einige vorläufige Beobachtungen im Feld
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Schubert, Gunter

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Abstract "This article explores the political thinking of Taiwanese business people (taishang) and factory managers (taigan) on the Chinese mainland by drawing on qualitative data gathered between 2006 and 2008 in the Pearl River Delta and the Shanghai/ Kunshan metropolitan area. An ideal type of taishang is constructed to explain the major features of their identification with Taiwan, their perspectives on cross-Strait relations, their integration in Chinese society and their self-assessment as political actors in the shaping of cross-Strait relations. An important finding of this study is that the taishang is a rather apolitical figure who does not see much leeway to develop autonomous political leverage. However, this may change gradually as cross-Strait relations have eased significantly since the Kuomintang (KMT) (Guomindang) came to power in mid-2008 and the governments in Beijing and Taibei have experienced a rapprochement." (author's abstract)
Keywords Taiwan; political attitude; economic elite; China; identification; identity; bilateral relations; political actor; place of residence; deployment overseas; migration; labor market; metropolis; international relations; manager; family; role; self-assessment; Far East; developing country; typology
Classification Sociology of Economics; Migration, Sociology of Migration; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Management Science; General History
Method empirical; qualitative empirical; historical
Free Keywords Political science; Taiwan Straits; political actors; social integration; Contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 73-110
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 39 (2010) 1
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works