Post-Western Revolution in Sociology

From China to Europe


Within a movement towards the circulation and globalisation of knowledge, new centres and new peripheries form and new hierarchies appear - more or less discretely - producing competition and rivalry in the development of “new” knowledge. Centres of gravity in social sciences have been displaced towards Asia, especially China. We have entered a period of de-westernization of knowledge and co-production of transnational knowledge. This is a scientific revolution in the social sciences which imposes detours, displacements, reversals. It means a turning point in the history of social sciences. From the Chinese experience in sociology the author is opening a Post-Western Space where after Post-Colonial Studies, she is speaking about the emergence of a Post-Western Sociology.

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Laurence Roulleau-Berger, Ph.D. and Habilitation in Sociology, is Research Director at National Center of Scientific Research CNRS (France), ENS de Lyon, Triangle. She is French Director of the International Associated Laboratory LIA CNRS/ CASS "Post-Western Sociology in France and in China". She published numerous articles and twenty books including Dewesternization of Sociology. Europe in the mirror of China (L’Aube, 2011), and co-edited with Li Peilin European and Chinese Sociologies: A New Dialogue (Brill, 2012).
"Throughout, Roulleau-Berger brings to dialogue European and Chinese sociologies without privileging or assuming universal categories, thereby advancing scholarly discussion on located knowledge construction and transnational, multisited research methods.
Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students/faculty."
- A.C.S. Swords (Ithaca College), Choice, 54-1495 (1 November 2016)

1.Post-Colonial Studies and Global Studies
2.The Decline of the Western Hegemony
3.The Invention of a Post-Western Sociology


Chapter 1 : Epistemic Injustice and New Frontiers of Knowledge
1. Epistemic Injustice and Autonomy
2. What is Post-Western Sociology?
3. Scientific Hegemony and Chinese Sociology
4. Reinvention and Internal Frontiers in Chinese Sociology

Chapter 2 : Traditions and Controversies
1. Epistemological Impredictibility and Scientific Pluralism in Chinese Sociology
2. Affiliations, Shifts and Hybridisations between Europe and China
3. Chinese Civilization and Theoretical Variations Today
3.1.Chinese Civilization and General Theory
3.2.Schools Of Chinese Sociology Today
3.3.Constructivisms and Theoritical Variations
4. Traditions and Controversies in European Sociology Since 1980

Chapter 3 : Fabric of Knowledge and Research Fieldwork
1.Research Fieldwork and Methodological Theory
1.1.Regional Rationalism and Fieldwork Sciences
1.2.Chinese Singularities
1.3. Creating Knowledge and Research Methods
2. Multisited Sociology and Overlapping Perspectives
2.1.Methodological Cosmopolitanism and Multi-Sited Sociology
2.2.Entering into Spaces
2.3.Ethnographies of Recognition and Moral Economies
2.4.Contexts of Meaning and Scopes in Fieldwork Experience
2.5.Politics of Intimacy and Narrative Pact
2.6. Translation and Publication


Chapter 4 : Urban Hierarchies and Internal Boundaries
1.Social Stratification and Urban Hierarchies in the Chinese City
2. Social Division of Space in the European City
3.Migration and Ethnic Boundaries in Cities
4."Foreigners" and "Hobos" in Cities
5.Circulations and Marketplaces in Chinese and International Cities
6.Civil Society and Intermediate Spaces

Chapter 5 : Uncertainty and Economic Institutions
1.Uncertainty and Economic Transformations
2.Markets and Economic Institutions
3.Professional Relationships and Regimes Of Employment
4.Youth Confronted with the “Risk Society”
5.The Relationship to Work and Generational Effects

Chapter 6: Migrations, Inequalities and Individuation
1. Migration Policies and Panoptical Devices
2. New Inequalities and Plurality of Migration Routes
3. Gender, Economic Activities and Migrations
4. Migration and Urban Integration
5. Migration, Employment and Flexibility
6. Social Capital and Migratory Circulations
7. Migratory Experiences and Bifurcations
8. Migration, Local and Global Stratification

Chapter 7 : State, Social Conflict and Collective Action
1. State and Citizenship
2. Biopolitical Apparatuses and Self-Government
3. Social Conflicts and Mobilizations in China
4. New Social Protests in China
5. Collective Action, Violences and Riots in Europe
6 .Social Conflict and Care Policies

Chapter 8 : Ecological Risks and Sociology of Environment in Europe and China
1. Social-Ecological Change, Inequalities and Environmental Injustice
2. Risks, Multi-Governance and Bio-Political Order
3. Geographies of Care And Communauties of Destiny
4. Conciliation, Negotiation and Disputes
5. Regimes of Action, Capabilities and Resocialization


Chapter 9 : Continuities of Knowledge and Common Concepts
1. Structural Processes, Dominations and Resistances
2. Social Stratification and Inequalities
3. Mobility and Contemporary Society
4. Social Networks and Social Capital
5. Autonomy and Subjectivity
6. Frontiers of We and Me

Chapter 10 : Discontinuities of Knowledge and Singular Concepts
1.Public Space and Pluralisation of Norms
2.Subjectivation and Struggle for Recognition
3.Society and Intermediates Spaces in Europe
4. Diffracted Religiousness in China


Sociologists-Sinologists and scholars in Global an Post-Colonial Studies (scholars and post-graduate students).