Local Contexts, Strategies and Sinicization: A Case Study of the Sinicization Formulation in the Social Sciences of Taiwan (1970s–1980s)

  • Daiwie Fu
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 141)


How do we understand the historical development of a scientific discipline in its changing social contexts? In particular, in a changing international and interdisciplinary environment, how are we to understand the strategies and adaptations of an evolving discipline? The usual Kuhnian approaches seem to focus more on the internal theoretical changes than on the symbolic or even ‘ideological’ changes of a discipline responding to its changing social contexts. The Foucaultian approaches, on the other hand, focus more on the discourse and strategy deployments aspects than on the ‘problematic’ ones of a discipline. From a different origin, the world-system/dependency approaches again lead us to consider the development and adaptations of a discipline along a third direction. Not doing injustice to any of these approaches, we usually only localize and restrict each approach into different aspects of ‘dimensions’ in some history of science, without, however, constructing strategic points where these three approaches can meet and interrelate with one another.


Local Context Sinicization Formulation World System Local Color Early Eighty 
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