IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(6): 566-571 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.519

Revival of Tradition in a Taiwanese Aborigines' Community by Means of a Community Development Process -from a Perspective of Agent/Agency

Takako Sasaki
Abstract—This paper took the application of community development (CD) in a Taiwanese aborigines’ community and focusing on actors’ agent/agency worked inside of the community, (1) clarified how community leaders revived and transformed tradition, (2) considered the viability of their CD practice. The agent/agency of transformative capacity is applicable to CD of a process of community transformation. Previous studies discussed the concept focusing on a feature of intervention between outsider and the community. A significance of the paper is focusing on inside because it is several residents who start CD although it is said that CD is advanced the community’s participation. Involving other residents is a basic step of a CD process and clarifying the step in detail help to measure a community’s capacity when not only researchers consider the continuity of CD in the community, but also outsiders consider how they can cooperate with them about CD. The investigation revealed that a minority leaders’ agency appeared in that they selectively revived traditions to form a majority of residents’ common feelings. Shifting a perspective of intervention from outside to inside of the community and introducing the concept to Taiwanese aborigines’ CD study would be able to develop discussions of decolonization.

Index Terms—Taiwanese aborigines, agency, customary law, community development.

Takako Sasaki is with the Kyoto University, Japan (e-mail: sasaki.takako.68e@st.kyoto-u.ac.jp).

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Cite: Takako Sasaki, " Revival of Tradition in a Taiwanese Aborigines' Community by Means of a Community Development Process -from a Perspective of Agent/Agency," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 566-571, 2015.

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