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Working Class Formation in Taiwan

Fractured Solidarity in State-Owned Enterprises, 1945-2012

Authors: HO, MING-SHO

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This book offers a fresh look at Taiwan's state workers in from the postwar period to the present day and examines the rise and fall of labor insurgency in the past two decades. Challenging the conventional image of docile working class, it unearths a series of workers resistance, hidden and public, in a high authoritarian era.

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Ming-sho Ho is Professor of Sociology at National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

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“Ming-sho Ho’s new book Working Class Formation in Taiwan is an impressive work. … There is much to commend the book Working Class Formation in Taiwan and Ho should be congratulated for producing such a scholarly effort. … I regard Working Class Formation in Taiwan as an important and fascinating work of scholarship. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.” (Robert Tierney, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 46 (2), 2016)


"Theoretically informed and rich in empirical findings, this book provides a vivid portrait of the inter-class and intra-class dynamics of Taiwanese workers and their movements. The book compellingly tells a story of workers' resistance under the authoritarian rule and the upsurge of their movements with democratization of Taiwan. Ming-sho Ho's work also makes an important contribution to comparative studies of labor movements, especially to the under-researched area of comparative studies among non-Western countries." - Akira Suzuki, Professor and Deputy Director, The Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University, Japan

"This book truly illuminates some of the peculiarities of Taiwan and how it has been buffeted by a succession of intersecting external and internal oppressions. The beauty of this history of working class 'resistance' lies in the specification of the formation, fracturing, and periodization of the Taiwanese working class through a constant comparison with a wide range of other national working classes while at the same time recognizing its internal heterogeneity through a detailed comparison, based on careful research, of working class organization in sugar and oil refining." Michael Burawoy, Honorary Distinguished Professor, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

"This book brings readers on a sociological journey of the formation, transformation, and reformation of workers consciousness in state-owned enterprises of Taiwan since World War II. In what is described as 'fractured solidarity', these workers in the more or less privileged working class sub-segment have exercised guanxi, ritualism, petty bargaining, and resistance so as to form their 'class awareness'." - Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Distinguished Research Fellow and Director, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Working Class Formation in Taiwan
Book Subtitle
Fractured Solidarity in State-Owned Enterprises, 1945-2012
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39993-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137399939
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40476-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48746-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 247
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