Thomas B. Gold

Thomas B. Gold

Title
Professor of the Graduate School
Department
Dept of Sociology
Phone
(510) 642 4760
Fax
(510) 642-0659
Research Expertise and Interest
post-socialism, China, sociology, East Asian studies, comparative institutions, Pacific Rim societies, Taiwan, globalization and development
Research Description

I study social change on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. For mainland China, I am revising papers on the role of International Non-Governmental Organizations as a way of understanding how global civil society is linking up with Chinese society at the grassroots, mediated by individuals as well as the internet. I am using case studies of Pacific Environment and Wokai. Wokai provides microcredit and this research builds on my earlier study of the emergence of the urban micro-entrepreneurial sector. There is a video of a talk I gave on this at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fSgliZzMEA. For Taiwan, my main project is a book on social change since the end of martial law in 1987.

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