Book talk on Social Forces in the Remaking of cross-strait relations

Key information

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Main Building, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG
Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

About this event

This public lecture is a book launch event with Dr André Beckershoff on his newly published book Social Forces in the Re-Making of Cross-Strait Relations Hegemony and Social Movements in Taiwan.

Adopting a critical political economy perspective this book sheds new light on the social and political struggles that shaped the political dynamics of Taiwan-China relations and cross-Strait rapprochement between 2008 and 2014.

Presenting a careful analysis of primary sources and interviews, the book reconstructs the historical, political and socio-economic factors that shaped Taiwan’s path to the Sunflower Movement of 2014, reinterpreting this process as a struggle over Taiwan’s role in the global economy.

It challenges received wisdoms regarding the rise and fall of the rapprochement: First, the study argues that the rapprochement was not primarily driven by political elites but by capitalist conglomerates within Taiwan, which sought a normalisation of economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. Second, it finds that Taiwan’s social movements during that period were not homogeneous but rather struggled to find a common vision that could unite the critics of the rapprochement.

The insights provided not only offer a deeper understanding of Taiwan’s protest cycle between 2008 and 2014, but also serve to recontextualise the political dynamics in post-Sunflower Taiwan. As such it will appeal to students and scholars of Taiwan Studies, East Asian Politics and Social Movement Studies.

Meet the speaker

Dr André Beckershoff

André Beckershoff received his PhD from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He specialises in international political economy and social movements. He is currntly the ERCCT Associate Fellow at University of Tübingen.