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謝國雄 (Shieh, Gwo-Shyong)
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My academic career began with an attempt to decipher the so-called “the Taiwan economic miracle.” My first book, Boss” Island: The Subcontracting Network and Micro-Entrepreneurship in Taiwan’s Development, argues that the subcontracting network provided a key: its variegated and tiny units of production, its flexible mobilization and combination of these units, its downward-squeezing mechanism, its deployment of homeworkers, and its opportunity for “becoming one’s own boss.” This was the hidden abode of Taiwanese capitalism at its export-oriented phase.

“Becoming one’s boss” was a super-entrepreneurial motive for Taiwanese wage workers. Did they really think and act so? My second book, Labor Only: Essays on the Labor Regime in Taiwan, presents a further deciphering of the category of “wage” disclosed that the “labor-only consciousness” dominated their everyday life in the shop floor. Only when the employment relationship threatened to break asunder did they realize that their labor power meant more than their piece wage only, thanks to the specifications of labor law.

My fourth book, All Walks of Life: When Workers of Kaohsiung City Encountered Commodity Fetishism, is a phenomenological investigation of commodity fetishism as it is encountered by Taiwanese workers. Would they be enchanted by, or are they able to penetrate this magic power of capitalism? Is it possible that they penetrate but still embrace the “simultaneously securing and obscuring of surplus value,” the defining mechanism of capitalism?

Gradually, I realize that fieldwork is not only a technique, but also engages researchers with the fundamental issues of sociology, epistemological reflection and their ultimate concern. It is therefore a quaternary practice. I advised a group of graduate students to carry out their research projects in this vein and edited a volume of their experience of fieldwork as a quaternary practice, entitled So I Do My Fieldwork: Personal Journals of a Quaternary Practice. The redefinition of fieldwork will unleash its potential so far untapped.

A historical sense of the discipline is bound to open its future. Hence I invited some dozen of Taiwanese sociologists to make a critical review of the development of several areas of studies, such as family, gender, enterprise, stratification, labor, the state, the civil society, ethnicity and migration, entitled Interlocution: A Thematic History of Taiwanese Sociology, 1945-2005. An “interlocution” from this collective endeavor, as the title of this edited volume suggests, reveals that the state, market and family are, among other things, three key mechanisms guiding the Taiwanese society, that Taiwanese sociology has moved from a functional to a conflict paradigm, and that Taiwanese sociology has gone through several stages, from citing, through applying, to challenging the American sociology.

While recognizing Power is Knowledge, which collective social action may directly challenge and sometimes change, I nevertheless believe that Knowledge is Power, especially the profound knowledge that can bring to light the disguising mechanisms that make power as knowledge. That kind of profound knowledge comes from rigorous and original academic research at its base.

As a Taiwanese sociologist doing research on Taiwan, I have to face the default question: What is the significance of the Taiwan case for sociology? Even though I believe that academic world is truly democratic in the sense that no case is privileged simply because of its position in the political economy of the world, I, as a sociologist in a semi-periphery country, have no choice but to prove it by high-caliber academic research.

Publications

Journal Articles

謝國雄,1994,〈勞動力是什麼樣的商品?計件制與台灣勞動者主體性之形塑〉,《台灣社會研究季刊》,第17卷,頁83-119。(TSSCI)(全文)
謝國雄,1993,〈事頭、頭家與立業基之活化:台灣小型製造業單位創立及存活過程之研究〉,《台灣社會研究季刊》,第15卷,頁93-129。(TSSCI)(全文)
謝國雄,1992,〈隱形工廠:台灣的外包點與家庭代工〉,《台灣社會研究季刊》,第13卷,頁137-190。(TSSCI)(全文)
謝國雄,1991,〈網絡式勞動過程:台灣外銷工業中的外包制度〉,《民族學研究所集刊》,第71卷,頁161-182。(全文)
謝國雄,1989,〈黑手變頭家:台灣製造業中的階級流動〉,《台灣社會研究季刊》,第2卷,頁11-54。(TSSCI)(全文)
謝國雄,1989,〈外包制度:比較歷史的回顧〉,《台灣社會研究季刊》,第2卷,頁29-69。(全文)

Books

謝國雄,2013,《港都百工圖:商品拜物教之實踐與逆轉》,共496頁,台北市:中央研究院社會學研究所。 (All Walks of Life: When Workers of Kaohsiung City Encountered Commodity Fetishism)(簡介書評一書評二)
謝國雄,2003,《茶鄉社會誌:工資、政府與整體社會範疇》,共350頁頁,臺北:中央研究院社會學研究所。(簡介)
謝國雄,1997,《純勞動:台灣勞動體制諸論》,共366頁頁,臺北:中央研究院社會學研究所籌備處。(簡介)
Shieh, Gwo-Shyong, 1992, "Boss" Island: The Subcontracting Network and Micro-Entrepreneurship in Taiwan's Development, New York: Peter Lang..

Edited Books and Conference Proceedings

謝國雄,2008,《群學爭鳴:台灣社會學發展史,1945-2005》,共668頁,台北市:群學出版社。
謝國雄,2007,《以身為度、如是我做:田野工作的教與學》,共391頁頁,臺北:群學出版社。

Book Chapters

謝國雄,2011,〈百年來的社會學:斷裂、移植與深耕〉,中華民國史編輯委員會編,《 中華民國史:學術發展》,頁349-385,台北:政治大學暨聯經出版社。(全文)
謝國雄,2008,〈導論:從單一典範到群學爭鳴─台灣社會學發展史簡論〉,謝國雄編,《群學爭鳴:台灣社會學發展史,1945-2005》,頁5-21,台北市:群學出版社。(全文)
謝國雄,2008,〈從援引、運用、推新到挑戰─台灣勞動研究回顧,1973-2005〉,謝國雄編,《群學爭鳴:台灣社會學發展史,1945-2005》,頁243-319,台北市:群學出版社。(全文)
謝國雄,2008,〈結論:真正的國際化─台灣社會學如何面對?〉,謝國雄編,《群學爭鳴:台灣社會學發展史,1945-2005》,頁631-654,台北市:群學出版社。(全文)
謝國雄,2007,〈以身為度、如是我做:田野工作的教與學〉,謝國雄編,《以身為度、如是我做:田野工作的教與學》,頁3-35,臺北:群學出版社。(全文)
謝國雄,2007,〈四位一體的田野工作:《茶鄉社會誌》的例子〉,謝國雄編,《以身為度、如是我做:田野工作的教與學》,頁37-90,臺北:群學出版社。(全文)
Shieh, Gwo-Shyong, 2000, “Cultivation, Control and Dissolution: The Historical Transformation of the Labor Union Act of Taiwan, 1911-1990.”, editor(s): Marcel Van Der Linden,Richard Price, The Rise and Development of Collective Labor Law, pp. 265-290, Bern: Peter Lang. (Full Text)

Conference Papers

謝國雄,2011,〈百年來的社會學:斷裂、移植與深耕〉,共24頁,發表於中華民國發展史-百年學術史,政治大學:政治大學人文中心,2011-01-29。
謝國雄,2006,〈「從『代用品』、『實驗室』到本地風光:陳紹馨與當代台灣社會研究」〉,發表於『從實驗室的台灣到台灣研究的深化——紀念陳紹馨教授百年冥誕研討會』,台北市:台灣大學社會學系主辦,2006-11-08。
謝國雄,2006,〈「從援引、運用、推新到挑戰:台灣勞動研究回顧,1973-2005」〉,發表於『群學爭鳴:台灣社會學發展史』,桃園龍潭渴望園區會議中心。:中央研究院社會學研究所主辦,2006-04-07 ~ 2006-04-09。

Technical Report

謝國雄,〈台灣式勞動體制:第一代工人工作生涯的展現〉。
謝國雄,〈改善工學院教育與促進產學合作─以機械系所為例〉。
謝國雄,〈茶鄉民族誌:資本主義、現代國家與整體社會範疇之輻輳〉。
謝國雄,〈頭家哪裡來?台灣製造業小工廠廠主生涯研究〉。
謝國雄,2014,《結合「理論」與「方法」─社會分析基本著作》,共16-22頁。(全文)
謝國雄,2014,《融合學術與生命─「清華社會學」》,共4-7頁。(全文)
謝國雄,2007,《攜手共創清華社會學─清華大學社會學研究所所長就職演說》,共5-11頁。(全文)
謝國雄,章英華,瞿海源,1999,〈台灣地區社會變遷基本調查計畫第三期〉。

Book Review

謝國雄,2015,〈為什麼要重新概念化「結構與行動」?<<港都百工圖>>的例子〉,《台灣社會學刊》,第56期,頁199-217。
謝國雄, 2013, “資本主義、台灣社會學與社會現象之建構:總結與回應”, 台灣社會學, 第25期,頁192-205.
謝國雄, 2013, “資本主義、新自由主義與「存在」問題:新時代、新可能與新學術”, 考古人類學刊, 第78期,185-196.
謝國雄,1995,〈發大哉問、究根本論、提出路解:經濟社會學的大用〉,《中國社會學刊》,第18卷,頁275-288。(全文)
謝國雄,1992,〈市場社會與市場文化:工業化的社會史研究〉,《台灣社會研究季刊》,第13卷,頁273-281。(全文)

Education
Ph.D. (sociology), University of California—Berkeley (1990)
Current Positions
Director, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica (2015.07-)
Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica
Professional Experiences
Professor and Chairman, Department of Sociology, Tsing Hua University (2007-2010)
Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica (1995-1997)
Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica (1993-1995)
Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica (1990-1993)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University (1990-1992 )
Research Fields and Interests
Industrial Sociology, and Sociology of Labor Studies



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