The Indigenous Dynamic in Taiwan's Postwar Development: The Religious and Historical Roots of Entrepreneurship
Using Taiwan's third largest export industry, shoe manufacturing, as a case study, Skoggard in this conceptually daring and clearly argued work contends that economic development can be tied to Taiwan's own cultural history as well as to the influx of foreign capital or the initiatives of the state government. The entrepreneurial drive that fuels rapid growth is tied directly to the indigenous social relationships that are evident in Taiwan's cultural heritage. Therefore, in order to fully understand the affluence in Taiwan that has grown out of its economic success, we need to broaden the picture to encompass not only the economic factors that have led to growth, but also the socio-cultural factors that have shaped the characters of the population to foster and compliment that growth. Skoggard's book brings these unique factors into form by showing the postwar Taiwanese development in a new light that is largely overlooked in the literature.
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