Geopolitics of toponymic inscription in Taiwan: Toponymic hegemony, politicking and resistance

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Abstract

The recent shift in the study of toponyms has drawn substantial attention from political geographers. The aim of this study is to demonstrate how toponymic inscription is a territorial project that involves the contesting of different naming regimes and political subjects. Through an examination of the history of toponymic inscription in Taiwan, it is first argued that different naming regimes have attempted to inscribe their political subjectivities onto the island with a view to asserting their spatial domination. Second, it is proposed that the connection between regime change and toponymic renaming is contingent, and has affected the ability of the new naming regime to draw temporal boundaries. Finally, it is contended that marginalised groups have resorted to toponymic struggle to reclaim the 'lost' sovereignty from the ruling regime. This study provides an overview of and insights into the different episodes of toponymic hegemony, politicking and resistance that have taken place in Taiwan. Copyright © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)916-943
JournalGeopolitics
Volume24
Issue number4
Early online dateDec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Citation

Hui, D. L. H. (2019). Geopolitics of toponymic inscription in Taiwan: Toponymic hegemony, politicking and resistance. Geopolitics, 24(4), 916-943. doi: 10.1080/14650045.2017.1413644

Keywords

  • Colonialism
  • Regime change
  • Taiwan
  • Territory
  • Toponymic inscription