Twenty Years after 'State and Society in the Taiwan Miracle': Author's Retrospective
A presentation by Thomas Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley
Thursday, June 01, 2006
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Thomas B. Gold is Associate Dean of International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley, Associate Professor of Sociology, and, since 2000, Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies, a consortium of 14 American universities which administers an advanced language program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Professor Gold got interested in China as an undergraduate at Oberlin College. He received a Masters in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard University and then a PhD in Sociology from the same institution. After finishing Oberlin, he taught English at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan. He later worked as a Chinese interpreter-escort for the Department of State. At Berkeley he has also served as Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies and is the Associate Dean of International and Area Studies for External Relations.
Gold’s research focuses on many aspects of the societies of East Asia, particularly mainland China and Taiwan.
His publications on mainland China have covered numerous topics, including youth, popular culture, personal relations, civil society, and private business. He co-edited (with Doug Guthrie and David Wank) Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture, and the Changing Nature of Guanxi (Cambridge, 2002), (with Victoria Bonnell) The New Entrepreneurs of Europe and Asia: Patterns of Business Development in Russia, Eastern Europe and China (M.E. Sharpe, 2002), and (with William Hurst and Jaeyoun Won) Xiagang: Laid-Off Workers in a Workers’ State, currently under review. He intends to get back to a book-length project on private business in China.
Gold's, State and Society in the Taiwan Miracle (M.E. Sharpe, 1986) was the first to apply theories of dependency, world systems, and dependent development, based mainly on the experience of Latin America, to an East Asian case. Gold is currently writing a book, Remaking Taiwan: Society and the State Since the End of Martial Law, which examines the causes and consequences of democratization on the island. It draws on many research visits there, including observations of many elections since 1989. He has also published numerous articles about various aspects of Taiwan society.