Abstract

This article explores the impact of the global Cold War on local politics through the study of a state deified female ghost Wang Yulan in Jinmen, Taiwan. The liminal status of ghosts in the Chinese celestial order makes room for possible multiple meanings of state-local contestation. Civilians' interpretations of the cult engaged with the official discourse to generate what Bakhtin called "dialogized heteroglossia," revealing the limits of state control over interpretation and ambiguous relations between the state and local society under martial law.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-1518
Print ISSN
0003-5491
Pages
pp. 669-689
Launched on MUSE
2009-09-10
Open Access
No
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