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 farmersï¿½ desire to maintain local habitus resonated with urban intellectualsï¿½ 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 generationsï¿½ pursuit of social recognition and the younger generationsï¿½ need for financial security.
|Title of host publication||The Living Politics of Self-Help Movements in East Asia|
|Editors||T Cliff, T Morris-Suzuki & S Wei|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|