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Identity in the Shadow of a GiantHow the Rise of China is Changing Taiwan$
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Scott Gartner, Chin-Hao Huang, Yitan Li, and Patrick James

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529209877

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529209877.001.0001

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Theorizing about Identity, Change in Capabilities and Dyadic Relations: An Approach Based on Analytic Eclecticism and Systemism

Theorizing about Identity, Change in Capabilities and Dyadic Relations: An Approach Based on Analytic Eclecticism and Systemism

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(p.65) 4 Theorizing about Identity, Change in Capabilities and Dyadic Relations: An Approach Based on Analytic Eclecticism and Systemism
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Identity in the Shadow of a Giant
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Scott Sigmund Gartner

Chin-Hao Huang

Yitan Li

Patrick James

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529209877.003.0004

This chapter theorizes about identity, change in capabilities and dyadic relations. It shows that the frame of reference for this work combines analytic eclecticism and systemism. Analytic eclecticism guides assembly of causal mechanisms into an integrated whole, while systemism — a means towards visual representation of hypotheses — provides the method. The chapter argues that the Taiwanese identity, the rise of China, cross-Strait relations, and the role of the United States are connected to each other and depicted within a figure created under the rules put forward by systemism. It then proceeds to review paradigmatic thinking and concludes that it is insufficient to provide a basis for theorizing in the complex and fast-paced context of the rise of China, shifting Taiwanese identity, cross-Strait relations and US influence. It discusses the means towards building and depicting theory: analytic eclecticism and systemism, and it assembles the causal mechanisms gleaned from the diverse academic literature into a visual representation.

Keywords:   identity, dyadic relations, analytic eclecticism, systemism, paradigmatic thinking, China, Taiwanese identity, United States

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