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CHEN Hon-fai

Prof. Chen Hon Fai  
Associate Professor and Head
BSocSc, MPhil, PhD (CUHK).
  Office: WYL102/1, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
  TEL: (852) 2616 7127
  FAX: (852) 2456 0737

Chen Hon-fai received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and joined Lingnan University in 2012. His research interests include social theory, historical sociology, sociology of knowledge, and sociology of religion. He teaches Introduction to Sociology, Classical Sociological Theory, Contemporary Sociological Theory, and Reading Great Social Thinkers.

 Prof. Chen Hon Fai
Research | Top

Social theory

Historical sociology

Sociology of knowledge

Sociology of religion


Publications | Top

Books | Top

Chen, Hon-fai (2017) Chinese Sociology: State-Building and the Institutionalization of Globally Circulated Knowledge, London, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chen, Hon-fai (2017) Civilizing the Chinese, Competing with the West: Study Societies in Late Qing China, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.

Chen, Hon-fai (2017) Catholics and Everyday Life in Macau: Changing Meanings of Religiosity, Morality and Civility, London, New York: Routledge.


Book Chapters | Top

Chen, Hon-fai (2016) “Parsons and Nisbet: Two Versions of Sociological Communitarianism,” in Javier Trevino (ed.) The Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons, London, New York, Delhi: Anthem Press.

Chen, Hon-fai (2016) “Catholic Church and Social Transformation: The Point of View of Macau Lay Catholics,” in Macau Diocese (ed.) A Hundred Year: The Transmission and Development of Chinese Catholic Communities in Macau. Macau: The Macau Polytechnic Press. (in Chinese)


Journal Articles and others | Top

Chen, Hon-fai (2018) “Parsons, Talcott,” in Bryan S. Turner (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, John Wiley & Sons.

Chen Hon-fai (2015) “Illich, Ivan,” in James D. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Oxford: The Boulevard.

Chen Hon-fai (2014) “Civilization and Competition: Study Societies and State Formation in Late Qing China,” Journal of Social and Cultural Research, occasional paper no. 10, published by the Center of Qualitative Social Research, Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

Chen, Hon-fai, (2013). “Voluntaristic Functionalism and Conservative Modernity: Revisiting Robert Nisbet’s The Quest for Community,” Journal of Classical Sociology.

Chen, Hon-fai, (2013). “Citizenship and Personalism: Catholicism and Civil Society in Macau,” in Hao Zhidong (ed.) Civil Society: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Macao, Singapore: World Scientific Press. Pp. 163-174. (in Chinese)

Chen Hon-fai (2009) “Reflexive Exceptionalism: On the Relevance of Tocqueville’s America for Modern China”, Journal of Classical Sociology 9(1): 79-95. London: Sage.


Conference Presentations | Top

Chen, Hon-fai (2018) “The Interpretations of ‘Culture’: American Conceptual Influences in the Formation of Chinese Sociology, 1929-1949,” paper presented at the XIX World Congress of Sociology, organized by the International Sociological Association and held in Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018.

Chen, Hon-fai (2018) “Rescuing Society from the Nation: Civilization, Colonialism and Intellectual Activism in Late Qing China,” paper presented at the Harvard-Yenching Institute 90th Anniversary Conference, organized by the Harvard-Yenching Institute and held in Shanghai, China, June 22-23, 2018.

Chen, Hon-fai, 2011. “From State Corporatism to Empire Building: A Civilizational and Institutional Analysis of Macao Catholicism,” paper presented at the conference China’s Appeal and its Discontents, organized and held at the Hong Kong Shue Yan University, June 20-23, 2011.

Chen, Hon-fai, 2011. “Power, Myth and Identity: Global Civilization and the Construction of Modern Chinese Citizenship in the Study Society Movement,” paper presented at the 5th Annual International Conference in Sociology, organized by the Athens Institute for Education and Research and held in Athens, Greece, May 10, 2011.


Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer | Top

Member of the Research Committee on the History of Sociology, The International Sociological Association. (August 2010 – present)

Affiliate Member of the Center for Civil Society Studies, The Asia-Pacific Institute, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. (December 2007 – present)

General Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Classical Sociology (Sage). (January 2007 – present).


Professional Memberships | Top

Editorial Board, Journal of Religious and Political Practice (Sage)

Editorial Board, Journal of Classical Sociology (Sage)

Member, Research Committee on the History of Sociology, International Sociological Association

Affiliate Member, Centre for Social Innovation Studies, Asia-Pacific Institute, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Teaching Subjects | Top

Academic Year:  2020 - 2021:
1st Term:
Introduction to Sociology
2nd Term
SOC2101 Introduction to Sociology (co-teach with Prof. Roman David)
SOC3004 Community Studies
Chief Supervisor: Mr. HUSSAIN Rasel (PhD student) & Ms. Ng Yeuk Nam (MPhil)


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