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Title Leverage of the weak : labor and environmental movements in Taiwan and South Korea / Hwa-Jen Liu.
Imprint Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Social movements, protest, and contention ; Volumen 42
Social movements, protest, and contention ; Volumen 42.
Note "Portions of chapter 3 were published in When Labor and Nature Strike Back: A Double Movement Saga in Taiwan, Capitalism Nature Socialism 22, no. 1 (2011) : 22-39"--Title page verso.
"Portions of chapter 5 were published in Chongsin sikao yundongguiji: Taiwan yu nanhan de laogong yu huanjing yundong [Rethinking movement trajectories: Labor and environmental movements in Taiwan and South Korea], Taiwan shehueixue [Taiwanese sociology] 16, no. 1 (2008): 1-47"--Title page verso.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-218) and index.
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Subject Labor movement -- Korea (South) -- History.
Labor movement -- Taiwan -- History.
Environmentalism -- Korea (South) -- History.
Environmentalism -- Taiwan -- History.
Korea (South)
Taiwan.
Genre History.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Note to readers -- Abbreviations -- Introduction: strategic comparison of two movements and two late-industrializers -- The power bases of labor and environmental movements -- The tangles of movement histories -- The emergence of early-riser movements -- Movement legacy and latecomer movements -- Labor and environmental trajectories -- Conclusion: what now? -- Appendix: notes on methodology -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary Comparing Taiwan and South Korea strategically, Hwa-Jen Liu seeks an answer to a deceptively simple question: Why do social movements appear at different times in a nation's development?Despite their apparent resemblance-a colonial heritage, authoritarian rule, rapid industrialization, and structural similarities-Taiwan and South Korea were opposites in their experiences with two key social movements. South Korea followed a conventional capitalist route: labor movements challenged the system long before environmental movements did. In Taiwan, pro-environment struggles gained strength before labor activism. Liu argues that part of the explanation lies in an analysis of how movements advance their causes by utilizing different types of power. Whereas labor movements have the power of economic leverage, environmental movements depend on the power of ideology. Therefore, examining material factors versus ideational factors is crucial to understanding the successes (or failures) of social movements. Leverage of the Weak is a significant contribution to the literature on social movements, to the study of East Asian political economies, and to the progress of the comparative-historical method. It enhances knowledge of movement emergence, investigates the possibilities and obstacles involved in forging labor-environment alliances, and offers the first systematic, multilayered comparisons across movements and nations in East Asia.
Other Title Print version: Liu, Hwa-Jen, 1968- Leverage of the weak 9780816689514