Taiwan’s working class

HoA new book review is available at the JCA website. Robert Tierney of Australia’s Charles Sturt University reviews Ming-sho Ho’s Working Class Formation in Taiwan: Fractured Solidarity and State-Owned Enterprises, 1945–2012 (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2015.1075776).

One significance of this review, it is the first book review to appear in the new format that will begin for JCA with issue 2 in 2016.

Another significance is the Ho is a JCA author, having written on environmental governance and working class history for us.

Tierney writes that Ho’s new book is “an impressive work.” He observes that it examines “more than five decades of political economy in Taiwan between 1945 and 2012, it raises the central question of why meaningful forms of working-class resistance on the island have been rare and transient.”

He summarises Ho’s conclusion: “… certain institutional forces in Taiwan’s political economy and culture, namely ethnicity, the one-party state and the internal labour market, have divided and fractured working-class politics, cementing proletarian subordination.”

As well as recognising the strengths of the book, Tierney offers some critical commentary on politics, public policy and the Leninist state.

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