Sociology for Change


Social Transformations in Chinese Societies is the offi cial annual of The Hong Kong Sociological Association. It publishes articles of original research that addresses theoretical, methodological, or substantive issues of sociological significance about social transformations in Chinese societies. The focus is mainly on Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, the Mainland, Singapore, and Chinese overseas.
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Biographical Note

Yanjie Bian is Professor and Head in the Division of Social Science and Director of the Survey Research Center, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has published on work, social stratification, and social networks in contemporary China.
Chan Kwok-bun is Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, and Director of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. His current research interests are in migration, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and diasporas; ethnic identities and ethnicities; business networks and ethnic capitalism; medical sociology; and family and marriage. (
Cheung Tak-sing is Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His current research interests are Confucianism, modernity and Chinese social thought. (

Editorial Board

Edited by Bian Yan-jie, Chan Kwok-bun and Cheung Tak-sing
Book Review Editors: Agnes Ku-Shuk-mei and Ruan Danching

Table of contents

Volume 2:
From the Editors
Authors’ Biographies
Special Focus: Sociology for Change
Guest Editor: KU HOK-BUN

Hopeful Sociology for Change - KU HOK-BUN
Toward a Hopeful Sociology - RICHARD MADSEN
Religion and the (Second) Axial Age: Comments on Richard Madsen - CHAN HOI-MAN
Chinese Religion and the Modern Moral Order: Comments on Richard Madsen - CHAN SHUN-HING
Rejoinder to Chan and Chan - RICHARD MADSEN
Public Sociology on a Global Scale - MICHAEL BURAWOY
Voices from the Margin - LUI TAI-LOK
A Will to Public Sociolgy: Parrhesia or Dialectical Regression? - PUN NGAI
Chinese Immigrant Women in Canada: From Professional to Family Careers - JANET SALAFF AND ARENT GREVE
Global Transformations and the Rising Force of Transparency: With Special Reference to the Recent Development in Four Chinese Societies - BURKART HOLZNER AND LESLIE HOLZNER
Where is the Stork? A Sociological Insight on Barriers to Fertility in Singapore - PAULIN T STRAUGHAN, ANGELIQUE CHAN & GAVIN JONES
Decentering: The Rise of Hong Kong as a Network Society - WONG SIU-LUN
Review Essay:
Chinese Business Networks and Chinese Entrepreneurship: Myths and Partial Truths - CHU YIN-WAH
Book Reviews:
In the Name of Harmony and Prosperity: Labor and Gender Politics in Taiwan's Economic Restructuring - TAM YUEK-MUI
Hong Kong’s Tortuous Democratization: A Comparative Analysis - ALEX CHAN WO-SHUN
Unstructuring Chinese Society: The Fictions of Colonial Practice and the Changing Realities of "Land" in the New Territories of Hong Kong - ALAN SMART
The State and Life Chances in Urban China: Redistribution and Stratification, 1949-1994 - WU XIAOGANG
Moral Politics in a South Chinese Village: Responsibility, Reciprocity, and Resistance - WU KAMING
Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace - JANET SALAFF
State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies - CHERIS CHAN SHUN-CHING
Colours of Money, Shades of Pride: Historicities and Moral Politics in Industrial Conflicts in Hong Kong - SHAE WAN-CHAW
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