Classing Ethnicity: Class, Ethnicity, and the Mass Politics of Taiwan's Democratic Transition

  title={Classing Ethnicity: Class, Ethnicity, and the Mass Politics of Taiwan's Democratic Transition},
  author={David Da-hua Yang},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={503 - 538}
  • D. Yang
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • World Politics
Although Taiwan is widely regarded as one of the purest examples of middle-class-driven democratization, this article suggests that the conventional accent on the middle class is misplaced. Instead, the true heroes in the struggle for democracy were the island's working classes, although proper recognition of this fact requires an empirically derived understanding of class that looks beyond formal labor politics. Although the author does not dispute the importance of ethnicity in Taiwanese… Expand
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