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Dr  Jun  ZHANG 

Bachelor of Law (Sun Yat-sen University)
Master of Law (Sun Yat-sen University)
M.Phil, PhD (Anthropology, Yale University)

Assistant Professor; Library Liaison Officer

Discipline: Anthropology; Urban Studies

Contact information
Office: YEUNG-Y7712
Phone: 3442-4482
Fax: 3442-0180
Email: zhang.jun@cityu.edu.hk
Website: Personal Homepage
AC1 : Academic 1
MMW : Mong Man Wai Building
TYB : To Yuen Building
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  • Project Planning & Management for Development
  • Comparative Development in Asia
  • Special Topics in Asian Studies
  • Problem-Based Studies of Selected Asian Societies and Region I
  • Political Sociology
  • Environment and Society in Asia
  • Asia in the World: A Critical Appreciation Through Film
Research Interests
  • Social Transformation
  • Urban Development
  • Mobility and Class Politics
  • Infrastructure and Spatial Politics
  • Science, Technology and Society in Asia
  • China Studies
Current/Recent Research Projects
  • The emerging philanthropic landscape in China (book manuscript in progress; with Dr. Gonçalo Santos);
  • Urban governance & infrastructural construction in Republican China (funded by the Early Career Scheme, RGC);
  • Medicalization of birth (with Dr. Gonçalo Santos; funded by the General Research Fund, RGC).
  • 2019. Driving toward Modernity: Cars and Lives of the Middle Class in Contemporary China. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press (Reviewed by The China Quarterly, Urban Studies, Contemporary Sociology, Asian Studies Review, and China Information; Interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s sociology series, “Thinking Allowed”, https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000mzrw); contracted to be translated to Chinese).

Journal articles and book chapters
  • 2022.“Hardening National Boundaries in a Globally Connected World: Technology, Development, and Nationalism in Contemporary Urban China.” Journal of Contemporary Asia. https://doi.org/10.1080/00472336.2021.2001841
  • 2021. "Capitalism, Overwork, and Polanyi’s Dialectics of Freedom: Emerging Visions of Work-Life Balance in Contemporary Urban China." (with Gonçalo Santos, Yichen Rao, Jack L. Xing) In Work, Society, and Self: Chimeras of Freedom in the Neoliberal Era. Edited by Chris Hann, 132-157. Oxford & New York: Berghahn (Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy).
  • 2019. "Circuits of Power: Environmental Injustice from Bangkok’s Shopping Malls to Laos’ Hydropower Dams" (with Danny Marks). Asian Pacific Viewpoint 60 (3): 296-309.
  • 2017. "Materializing a Form of Urban Governance: When Street Building Intersected with City Building in Republican Canton (Guangzhou), China." History and Technology 33 (2):153-174.
  • 2017. "(Extended) Family Car, Filial Consumer-Citizens: Becoming Properly Middle Class in Post-Socialist South China." Modern China 43 (1): 36-65.
  • 2016. "Taxis, Traffic, and Thoroughfares: The Politics of Transportation Infrastructure in China's Rapid Urbanization in the Reform Era." City & Society 28 (3): 411-436.
  • 2015. "The Rise and Fall of Qilou: Metamorphosis of Forms and Meanings in the Built Environment of Guangzhou." Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review 26(2): 25-40.
  • 2014. "When Are You Going to Get Married?" Parental Matchmaking and Middle-class Women in Contemporary Urban China" (with Peidong Sun). Pp. 118-44 in Wives, Husbands, and Lovers: Marriage and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Urban China, edited by Deborah Davis and Sara Friedman. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
Non-peer review articles
  • 2021. “Urbanization in China” (with Gonçalo Santos) for International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2470)
  • 2021. “Parental Matchmaking in China” (with Peidong Sun). Eurics Briefs. No.10. http://eurics.eu/upload/document/20210329040317_eurics-march2021.pdf.
  • 2020. “Is Mainland China the Source of all of Hong Kong's problems?” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 10 (2): 313-318.
  • 2020. "Divided in a connected world: Reflections on COVID 19 from Hong Kong." City & Society. Early view available at: https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ciso.12264.
Book Reviews
  • 2021. "Review: Globalizing Automobilism: Exuberance and the Emergence of Layered Mobility, 1900-1980 (by Gijs Mom; Berghahn Books, 2020)." The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History 18 (3): 186-188.
  • 2021. “Review: Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age: Mobile Communication and Politics in China (by Jun Liu; Oxford University Press).” Journal of Contemporary Asia. Online first https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00472336.2021.1901133
  • 2021. "Review: Unending Capitalism: How Consumerism Negated China's Communist Revolution (by Karl Gerth; Cambridge University Press, 2020).” Technology and Culture 62 (1): 318-319.
  • 2021. "Review: Becoming one: religion, development and environmentalism in a Japanese NGO in Myanmar (by Chika Watanabe; University of Hawai’s Press, 2019)." Asian Studies Review 45 (1): 318-319.
  • 2016. "Review: Consumption in China: How China's New Consumer Ideology Is Shaping the Nation by LiAnne Yu Cambridge: PB - Polity, 2014. 176 pp." American Anthropologist 118 (3):702-703.
  • 2014. "Review: The Middle Class in Neoliberal China: Governing Risk, Life-Building, and Themed Spaces (by Hai Ren; Routledge 2013)." Pacific Affairs 87(3).
  • 2014. "Review: Chaiqian (Demolition) Directed by AU - J.P. Sniadecki, 2008, 62 minutes, color. Mandarin and Sichuanese with English subtitles. Sensory Ethnography Lab Series." Visual Anthropology Review 30(1): 74-75.
Selected Conference Papers & Talks
  • 2021. (with Gonçalo Santos) “Political Ecologies of Human Shit: The Recycling Economy of Night Soil and Human Manure in Early 20th Century China.” Public Talk series “BioSocial” by Research Center for Anthropology and Health, University of Coimbra, July 28, Portugal (Virtual).
  • 2020. “Technology, Ideology and Economy.” The 16th EASA biennial conference: New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe, 21-24 July 2020, Lisbon, Portugal (Online).
  • 2019. “What is shared in Shared Bikes?: Mobility, Space, and Capital.” Ride-Hailing Workshop, Vancouver, Canada, November 24.
  • 2019. (with Gonçalo Santos) “"Caring for the People, Caring like a State: The Politics and Ethics of Non-Governmental Philanthropic Practices in Contemporary China," November 20-24, The 118th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2019. (with Gonçalo Santos). "Corruption, Ethics, and Philanthropy: The Case of Lions Clubs in South China." International Convention of Asia Scholars 11, July 16-19, Leiden, the Netherlands.
  • 2018. (with Gonçalo Santos) "Digital Humanitarians: The Politics of Micro-charity in Contemporary China," at the 18th World Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, July 16-20, Florianópolis, Brazil.
  • 2018. (with Gonçalo Santos) "From Agricultural Commodities to Domestic Waste Materials: Changing Infrastructures of Human Waste Management in Republican Canton," at AAS-in-Asia, July 6-8, New Delhi, India.
  • 2017. “From Buildings to Streets: Qilou and the Politics of Heritage Preservation,” Division of Landscape Architecture, The University of Hong Kong.