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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.


Journal Articles



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)
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


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)
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,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


Book Review

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.

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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