Civil Society and the State in Democratic East Asia
Civil Society and the State in Democratic East Asia
Between Entanglement and Contention in Post High Growth
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1. A New Era of Civil Society and State in East Asian Democracies - David Chiavacci & Simona A. Grano
I Environmental Issues
2. Interactions between Environmental Civil Society and the State during the Ma Ying-jeou and Tsai Ing-wen Administrations in Taiwan - Simona A. Grano
3. Working with and around Strong States: Environmental Networks in East Asia - Mary Alice Haddad
4. The Campaign for Nuclear Power in Japan before and after 2011: Between State, Market, and Civil Society - Tobias Weiss
II Identity Politics
5. The 'Pro-Establishment' Radical Right: Japan's Nativist Movement Reconsidered - Naoto Higuchi
6. The Religion-based Conservative Countermovement in Taiwan: The Origin, Tactics and Impacts - Ming-sho Ho
7. The Relationship between Mainstream and Movement Parties in Taiwan: The Case Studies of the New Power Party (NPP) and Green Party Taiwan-Social Democratic Party Alliance (GPT/SDP) - Tommy Kwan and Dafydd Fell
8. New Immigration, Civic Activism and Identity in Japan: Influencing the 'Strong' State - David Chiavacci
III Neoliberalism and Social Inclusion
9. Japanese NPOs and the State Re-examined: Reflections 18 Years On - Akihiro Ogawa
10. Changing Patterns of South Korean Social Movements, 1960s-2010s: Testimony, Fire-bombs, Lawsuit, and Candlelight - Jin-Wook Shin
11. Opening Up the Welfare State to 'Outsiders': Pro-Homeless Activism and Neoliberal Backlashes in Japan - Mahito Hayashi
12. Legal Mobilization and the Transformation of State-Society Relations in the Realm of Disability Policy - Celeste L. Arrington Index

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"The book is a collection of chapters prepared by social scientists with expertise in the Eastern Asian matters, specializing mainly in sociology, comparative politics and civil society studies. The background of the authors enables to apply interdisciplinary lenses to analyze the civil society phenomenon in Eastern Asia. What is especially important and interesting, the book is written both by experts from outside the countries of interest and by specialists originating from these countries. The cultural knowledge from the inside of the states is of great value to the presented texts and the book as a whole."
- Iwona Nowakowska, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2021)

Civil Society and the State in Democratic East Asia

Between Entanglement and Contention in Post High Growth

Civil Society and the State in Democratic East Asia: Between Entanglement and Contention in Post High Growth focuses on the new and diversifying interactions between civil society and the state in contemporary East Asia by including cases of entanglement and contention in the three fully consolidated democracies in the area: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The contributions to this book argue that all three countries have reached a new era of post high growth and mature democracy, leading to new social anxieties and increasing normative diversity, which have direct repercussions on the relationship between the state and civil society. It introduces a comparative perspective in identifying and discussing similarities and differences in East Asia based on in-depth case studies in the fields of environmental issues, national identities as well as neoliberalism and social inclusion that go beyond the classic dichotomy of state vs ‘liberal’ civil society.

David Chiavacci

David Chiavacci is Professor in Social Science of Japan at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research covers political and economic sociology of contemporary Japan in a comparative perspective. He is known for his publications on social movements, social inequality as well as Japan’s new immigration and immigration policy.

Simona Grano

Simona Alba Grano is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is also a research fellow of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), at Tübingen, Germany.

Julia Obinger

Julia Obinger is currently working outside of academia in Hamburg, Germany. Before 2018, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford, Skoll Centre of Social Entrepreneurship as well as at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.