Framing sociology in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore : geopolitics, states and practitioners
Tzeng, Albert (2012) Framing sociology in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore : geopolitics, states and practitioners. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This project maps and compares how sociology as an institutionalised discipline
of teaching and research has been introduced, developed and practiced in Taiwan,
Hong Kong and Singapore. It sets out to interpret the observed trajectories in
light of social-historical contexts. The three cases presented share some
similarities in their colonial pasts, Chinese-populated demography, and
development trajectories as "Asian tigers". However, they demonstrate a sharp
contrast in post-war geopolitics, political context, and identity.
Three levels of analytical categories are involved in the analysis: geopolitical,
state-institutional, and (collective) practitioner-level. On the one hand, this
project attempts to look beyond the national container to introduce various
trans-border factors (e.g. scholarly migration, foreign funding and knowledge
flow) into the analytical scope under the conceptual framework of a "world
system of knowledge network." On the other hand, the explanation sought is to
be grounded on a sympathetic understanding of the actors and their
The data analysed includes literature and archive material, bibliographic and
demographic datasets, interviews with 56 sociologists stratified by
bibliographical factors and a few informative talks, and some ethnographic
observation in the field study.
How sociology was introduced and institutionalized in three locations along the
post-war geopolitical structure will be traced. The "domestic disciplinary identity"
will be explored based on a systematic bibliographic review. A survey of the
various modes of public engagement of sociologists is interpreted and the thesis
relates some observed patterns to contextual factors. It further assesses the
impact of recent higher education reform under managerialism and academic
globalism on sociology.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Sociology -- Study and teaching -- Taiwan, Sociology -- Study and teaching -- China -- Hong Kong, Sociology -- Study and teaching -- Singapore, Sociology -- Research -- Taiwan, Sociology -- Research -- China -- Hong Kong, Sociology -- Research -- Singapore|
|Official Date:||May 2012|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Sociology|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Fuller, Steve, 1959- ; Elger, Tony, 1946-|
|Sponsors:||Institute of Sociology ; Zhong yang yan jiu yuan [Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan)] ; Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) ; University of Hong Kong ; National University of Singapore. Dept. of Sociology|
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