The Dilemmas of Peach Blossom Valley: The Resurgence of Rice-Terrace Farming in Gongliao District, Taiwan

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    Abstract

    This chapter explores the efforts of a group of intellectuals and farmers in Gongliao district of Taiwan to revive the rice-terrace farms as a challenge to the dominant yet monolithic market system. By tracing history of agricultural development in Gongliao, this chapter suggests that being small and forgotten enabled the village to preserve traditional farming skills that have been lost elsewhere. The elder farmers� desire to maintain local habitus resonated with urban intellectuals� efforts to escape from market-dominated urban life. They developed a cooperative to promote mutuality and reciprocity. Yet their efforts and the alternative values embedded in their process of production and exchange subjected the locals to a dilemma between the older generations� pursuit of social recognition and the younger generations� need for financial security.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Living Politics of Self-Help Movements in East Asia
    Editors T Cliff, T Morris-Suzuki & S Wei
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Pages163-188
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9789811063374
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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