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Dr Fang-long Shih

fshihDr Fang-long Shih is a former Co-Director of Taiwan Research Programme| and a Research Fellow at the LSE Asia Research Programme.

Dr Shih is interested in the ways that religion relates to the state and social movements. She has published on religion and the state in Taiwan, focusing in particular on state-led guidelines in the areas of ritual and tourism that have direct and indirect impact upon popular religious practices. She has further published on the so-called 'Red Tide' anti-corruption protest, focusing on the socio-cultural significance of the colour red. Dr Shih is currently applying this interest in the social aspects and political significance of religious discourse to a study of attitudes to the environment. She regards religion as being always embodied in political, social, and economic processes, and her work has considered religion in relation to areas such as family, kin, gender, ethnicity, the state, modernity, and globalisation.

She is also interested in theoretical and methodological problems in the Study of Religion, and she argues that we write religion from within situated positions and within academic traditions and lineages. Her work considers questions of translation, context, and location in the writing and re-writing of religion in Taiwan. She is currently writing a chapter on "Feminisms and Religions" for the New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion, and her current research interest is on religious practice in relation to environmental discourse. 

Research Interests

Within the context of Taiwan and Chinese-speaking diaspora communities:

  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Society
  • Politics

Selected Publications

  • Shih, Fang-Long (2008) Re-writing religion: questions of translation, context, and location in the writing of religion in Taiwan. In: Shih, Fang-Long and Thompson, Stuart and Tremlett, Paul-François, (eds.) Re-writing culture in Taiwan. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 15-33.
  • Shih, Fang-Long and Thompson, Stuart and Tremlett, Paul-François, (eds.) (2008) Re-writing culture in Taiwan. Routledge, London, UK.
  • Shih, Fang-Long (2007) The 'red' tide anti-corruption protest: what does it mean for democracy in Taiwan. Taiwan in comparative perspective, 1 pp. 87-98.
  • Shih, Fang-Long (2007) Generation of a new space: A maiden temple in the Chinese religious culture of Taiwan. Culture and religion, 8 (1). pp. 89-104.
  • Shih, Fang-Long and Feuchtwang, Stephan and Tremlett, Paul-François (2006) The formation and function of the category "religion" in anthropological studies of Taiwan. Method and theory in the study of religion, 18 (1). pp. 37-66.
  • Shih, Fang-Long (2006) From regulation and rationalisation, to production: government policy on religion in Taiwan. In: Fell, Daffyd and Klöter, Henning and Bi-Yu, Chang, (eds.) What has changed? Taiwan before and after the change in ruling parties. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, Germany, pp. 265-283.
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