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Reconstructing The Concept Of Face In Cultural Sociology: In Goffman’S Footsteps, Following The Chinese Case, Xiaoying Qi Jan 2017

Reconstructing The Concept Of Face In Cultural Sociology: In Goffman’S Footsteps, Following The Chinese Case, Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Neo-Traditional Child Surnaming In Contemporary China: Women’S Rights As Veiled Patriarchy [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi Jan 2017

Neo-Traditional Child Surnaming In Contemporary China: Women’S Rights As Veiled Patriarchy [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

A sparse sociological literature on surnaming reports predominantly western cases. This article examines surnaming practices in present-day China, where married women universally retain their surname as part of a national political project. The one-child policy disrupts the practice of providing to a child his/her father’s surname. Wives from daughter-only families increasingly provide their surname to their child(ren). Various social forms of mother-surname-to-child practices are discussed, including those involving zhao-xu (uxorilocal marriage) and liang-tou-dun (‘two places to stay’). The article reports a gender strategy of mother-to-child surnaming that paradoxically enforces patriarchal inheritance and obligation. A concept, ‘veiled patriarchy ...


Sociology In China, Sociology Of China: Editor's Introduction [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi Jan 2016

Sociology In China, Sociology Of China: Editor's Introduction [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Family Bond And Family Obligation: Continuity And Transformation [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi Jan 2016

Family Bond And Family Obligation: Continuity And Transformation [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

In examining family relations in contemporary China the article reports the findings of an empirical investigation, which are discussed in terms of recent accounts in the specialist literature. While the individualization thesis suggests that the bonds between family members are diminishing and that family obligations are similarly less significant than they used to be, it is shown here that family bonds and obligations remain strong, even though the grounds on which they are performed and the attitudes and emotions associated with them have undergone change since China’s marketization from the 1980s. The individualization thesis neglects the process of reinterpretation ...


Filial Obligation In Contemporary China: Evolution Of The Culture-System [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi Jan 2015

Filial Obligation In Contemporary China: Evolution Of The Culture-System [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Family obligation, which has an exceptionally high salience in traditional Chinese society, continues to be significant in contemporary China. In family relations in particular sentiments and practices morphologically similar to those associated with xiao (filial piety) remains intact in so far as an enduring set of expectations concerning age-based obligation continues to structure behavior toward others. Researchers pursuing the theme of “individualization” in Chinese society, on the other hand, argue that family obligations and filial sentiments have substantially weakened. The present paper will show that under conditions of cultural and social change in China filial behavior through family obligation continues ...


Guanxi, Social Capital Theory And Beyond: Toward A Globalized Social Science [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi Jan 2013

Guanxi, Social Capital Theory And Beyond: Toward A Globalized Social Science [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Western theoretical traditions can benefit from systematic engagement with non-Western concepts: This is shown through an analysis of the Chinese concept guanxi. After considering the general nature of guanxi, including its possible association with corrupt practices and its particular cultural characteristics, the paper goes on to identify the elements of its general form which have universal representation. The possibility of conceiving guanxi as a variant form of social capital is explored. This shows the way in which both the expressive and instrumentalized forms of guanxi indicate otherwise neglected aspects of social and economic relationships not always recognized and addressed by ...


Intellectual Entrepreneurs And The Diffusion Of Ideas: Two Historical Cases Of Knowledge Flow [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi Jan 2013

Intellectual Entrepreneurs And The Diffusion Of Ideas: Two Historical Cases Of Knowledge Flow [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This article argues that the diffusion of concepts and theories from one culture or society to another requires the active engagement of a category of agents which I identify as ‘intellectual entrepreneurs’. Two historically contrasting cases of the transmission of ideas are examined in order to explain the processes whereby alien concepts are diffused across cultures. Foreign ideas and concepts that are successfully assimilated into a culture are neither automatically accepted nor externally imposed. Rather, knowledge flow succeeds on the basis of selection and transformation by local intellectual entrepreneurs who at the same time transform the receiving context to accommodate ...


The Paradox Of Power: Conceptions Of Power And The Relations Of Reason And Emotion In European And Chinese Culture [Accepted Manuscript], Jack Barbalet, Xiaoying Qi Jan 2013

The Paradox Of Power: Conceptions Of Power And The Relations Of Reason And Emotion In European And Chinese Culture [Accepted Manuscript], Jack Barbalet, Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

An historical consequence of power relations in European culture has been a dichotomy of reason and emotion. This pattern did not arise in China, one of the oldest and most enduring structures of power in human history. The social basis of the Chinese concept of xin (heart-mind) is considered in the paper, and a discussion of a characteristic Chinese conception of power is also presented.


A Case Study Of Globalized Knowledge Flows: Guanxi In Social Science And Management Theory [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi Jan 2012

A Case Study Of Globalized Knowledge Flows: Guanxi In Social Science And Management Theory [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This article examines globalized knowledge flows through a case study of the treatment of the Chinese concept of guanxi in social and management science journals. Three forms of concept–theory relations are postulated which effectively correspond with different patterns of knowledge flow. The treatment of this concept in 214 refereed journal articles published from 1999 to 2009 indicates that the concept guanxi, which possesses capacity for theoretical development, is predominantly treated merely as an object of study rather than the basis of theoretical elaboration. A continuing dominant pattern of knowledge flows from the metropole to the periphery is thus indicated ...


Chinese Religion, Market Society And The State, Jack Barbalet Jan 2011

Chinese Religion, Market Society And The State, Jack Barbalet

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Face: A Chinese Concept In A Global Sociology [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi Jan 2011

Face: A Chinese Concept In A Global Sociology [Accepted Manuscript], Xiaoying Qi

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The concept of face, as it is developed by Goffman, has strong conceptual links with the notion of a ‘looking-glass’ self outlined by Adam Smith and developed sociologically by Cooley. It also has links with the Chinese concept of face, which relates to the transfer of social science concepts from one cultural setting to another. By discussing the specificity and universality of face the article indicates the significance of the Chinese concept of face in a global sociology. The article goes on to examine aspects of the treatment of the Chinese concept of face and in doing so presents a ...


Chinese Young People And Spirituality: An Australian Study, Mei Ling Chung Oct 2006

Chinese Young People And Spirituality: An Australian Study, Mei Ling Chung

Theses

The research reported in this thesis is concerned with the spirituality of Chinese young people who attended a Chinese evangelical church in Melbourne, Australia. This research is a case study conducted in the framework of a qualitative approach using ethnographic methods, including fieldwork methods with data triangulation through participant observation, individual interviews and focus group interviews. Grounded theory was used to analyse data collected. The particular group of young people were Chinese in race, and Australian born, or had been living in Australia since early childhood. They attended the English speaking fellowship and services of a Chinese evangelical church in ...


Burden Of Care: Ageing In Urban Japan And China, The Family And The State, Elizabeth Jill Miller Nov 2002

Burden Of Care: Ageing In Urban Japan And China, The Family And The State, Elizabeth Jill Miller

Theses

This thesis examines how rapid demographic, social and economic changes are impacting on traditional care for the urban aged in China and Japan as both experience world record rates of ageing caused by greater longevity and lower birth rates. The challenge for their governments is to foster active contribution by the healthy aged to society and protection for the frail aged. China lags behind Japan in special treatment for senior citizens. The manner in which these two countries handle the ageing of their populations could provide valuable lessons for Australia in the future.