Advanced

Diversifying The Single Path: The Existential Dilemmas of the Taiwanese Student Elite

Wiklöf, Mathias LU (2017) SANM03 20171
Social Anthropology
Department of Sociology
Abstract (Swedish)
In this thesis I set out to investigate how Taiwanese elite students experienced their upbringing. I do so by developing my own concept, Single Path, and use Susanne Bregnbaek’s utilization of the concept Aporia. I apply them in order to answer how Taiwanese elite students negotiate their self-cultivation process in relation to the single path. I found that one of their most prominent existential dilemmas spring from the aporia of extensive self-sacrifice in order to follow the single path. When facing the dilemma, they either (1) embraced (2) endure through or (3) rejected the single path. When they were younger they seemed more prone to choose number one, but two and three seemed to have become more common when they reached the... (More)
In this thesis I set out to investigate how Taiwanese elite students experienced their upbringing. I do so by developing my own concept, Single Path, and use Susanne Bregnbaek’s utilization of the concept Aporia. I apply them in order to answer how Taiwanese elite students negotiate their self-cultivation process in relation to the single path. I found that one of their most prominent existential dilemmas spring from the aporia of extensive self-sacrifice in order to follow the single path. When facing the dilemma, they either (1) embraced (2) endure through or (3) rejected the single path. When they were younger they seemed more prone to choose number one, but two and three seemed to have become more common when they reached the university. I conclude that the way they see their self-cultivation right now is more diversified and more individual. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Wiklöf, Mathias LU
supervisor
organization
course
SANM03 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Social Anthropology, Moral Anthropology, Taiwan, Confucianism, Self-Cultivation, Aporia
language
English
id
8924251
date added to LUP
2017-09-05 15:28:12
date last changed
2017-09-05 15:28:12
@misc{8924251,
  abstract     = {In this thesis I set out to investigate how Taiwanese elite students experienced their upbringing. I do so by developing my own concept, Single Path, and use Susanne Bregnbaek’s utilization of the concept Aporia. I apply them in order to answer how Taiwanese elite students negotiate their self-cultivation process in relation to the single path. I found that one of their most prominent existential dilemmas spring from the aporia of extensive self-sacrifice in order to follow the single path. When facing the dilemma, they either (1) embraced (2) endure through or (3) rejected the single path. When they were younger they seemed more prone to choose number one, but two and three seemed to have become more common when they reached the university. I conclude that the way they see their self-cultivation right now is more diversified and more individual.},
  author       = {Wiklöf, Mathias},
  keyword      = {Social Anthropology,Moral Anthropology,Taiwan,Confucianism,Self-Cultivation,Aporia},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Diversifying The Single Path: The Existential Dilemmas of the Taiwanese Student Elite},
  year         = {2017},
}