|Office:||WYL108, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
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I obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, Yale University in 2014. I joined Lingnan University in August 2018. Before then, I had taught at the National University of Singapore for over four years.
I research on the social contexts and dynamics of history making, whether the historical agents are revolutionaries, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, technological innovators, or ordinary people who participate in social transformations. My past and ongoing research encompasses events and processes that have shaped political modernity in China and Europe, including the May Fourth Movement, the Chinese Communist Revolution, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and religion and state formation in early modern Europe. Aside from publishing articles, I am currently writing a book manuscript, examining the performativity of politics in the Chinese Cultural Revolution and its legacy in modern politics. While I am writing on these epoch-making changes, I have also embarked on a new research on the underexplored social aspects of technological innovations in contemporary era, with particular attention to lifestyle change and class dynamics in the age of internet of things and blockchain economy. My goal is to shed sociological light onto these changes while enriching sociological theories in the process.
Research | Top
Comparative historical analysis
Culture and power
Technology and society
Publications : | Top
Refereed Articles | Top
Xu, Xiaohong (2018) “The Origins and Growth of the Chinese Communist Movement,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History 2018 (03).
Xu, Xiaohong (2017) “Dialogic Struggle in the Becoming of the Cultural Revolution: Between Elite Conflict and Mass Mobilization,” Critical Historical Studies 4(2): 209-42.
Xu, Xiaohong (2013) “Belonging Before Believing: Group Ethos and Bloc Recruitment in the Making of Chinese Communism,” American Sociological Review 78 (5): 773-796.
Book Chapters | Top
Xu, Xiaohong and Philip Gorski (2012) “The Cultural of the Political: Toward a Cultural Sociology of State Formation,”, in Handbook of Cultural Sociology, edited by John Hall, Laura Grindstaff and Ming-Cheng Lo, Routledge, pp. 535-46.
(Updated version, in 2nd edition, forthcoming in 2018.)
Xu, Xiaohong and Lyn Spillman (2010) “Political Centers, Progressive Narratives, and Cultural Trauma: Coming to Terms with the Nanjing Massacre in China, 1937-1979”, in Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past: Essays in Collective Memory, edited by Barry Schwartz and Mikyoung Kim, Palgrave-Macmillan, pp.101-28.
Working Papers | Top
Xu, Xiaohong, Ivan P. L. Png, Junhong Chu, and Yeh-Ning, Chen, “When Things Were Falling Apart: Tocqueville, Fei Xiaotong and the Agrarian Causes of the Chinese Revolution” (July 16, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3214959
Xu, Xiaohong and Isaac A. Reed. “Unravelling the Revolution: The Performance of Politics in China (1966-1968)”.
Conference Presentations (while at Lingnan) | Top
Xu, Xiaohong, 2018, “When Things Were Falling Apart: Tocqueville, Fei Xiaotong and the Agrarian Causes of the Chinese Revolution,” and “Unravelling the Revolution: The Performance of Politics in China (1966-1968)”, Social Science History Association annual meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 8-12, 2018
Xu, Xiaohong, 2018, “Unravelling the Revolution: The Performance of Politics in China (1966-1968),” Conference on “Power & Governance: Forms, Dynamics, Consequences”, Tampere, Finland, 27-29 August 2018
Xu, Xiaohong, 2018, “The Meaningfulness of Comparison: A Macro-Phenomenological Exploration”, Workshop on post-positivist comparative methods, Yale University, August 3, 2018.
Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer | Top
American Sociological Review
American Journal of Sociology
Nations and Nationalism
Sociology of Religion
Stanford University Press
Teaching Subjects | Top
Academic Year: 2018-2019:
Introduction to Sociology
|2nd Term:||SSC3202||Contemporary Sociological Theory|
|SOC3204||Society and Social Change|