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GEC2002 Living Sociology: Home

Course Description

“No man is an island”. As social animals, people live, work, communicate and love with each other. This course aims to enlighten students with sociological imagination to understand social structures  and logics of human life. Various social groups and phenomena (i.e. “left-over” ladies, sexual minorities, beauty industry, Foxconn workers’ suicide cases, global food system, community currency, cooperatives, etc.) will be examined, interweaving with introduction of core findings and insights from classic and up-to-date masterpieces. Students will also be instructed to observe, analyse, reflect on and solve the problems in their everyday lives from a sociological perspective. Jumping out from daily life, the course will then examine the social inequalities (which actually closely relate to everybody) occurring global-wide under the current political economies. Upon participating in field observations, students are expected to have more experiential understanding on the relationship between economic growth and social justice. Students are particularly encouraged to start their independent thinking and exploration on how university students/ graduates could creatively contribute in enhancing the common well-being.

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Sociology

There are 23 chapters in this book, each dealing with a specific topic, such as criminality, politics, poverty, gender, environment etc. There are some recurring themes across the whole book, three of which reflect key issues shaping contemporary sociology and another three which characterize the approach to the subjects covered. The first three central themes are social change, globalizing of social life, social inequality such as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, ageing, social class and disability. The other three central themes are micro-macro link, comparative-historical stance, and relationship between the social and the personal.

社会学

本书共23章,每一章处理一个特定的主题,如犯罪、政治、贫穷、性别或者环境等。每章有特定的版块,如经典研究、批判性思考、全球社会、运用你的社会学想象力、术语总汇、章节回顾、研究实践、深思熟虑、艺术社会、扩展阅读、网络链接等。贯穿全书有三个主题反映了塑造当代社会学的关键议题——社会变迁,社会生活的全球化,社会不平等;还有三个主题体现了本书的研究思路的特点——微观与宏观的联结,比较-历史的立场,社会与个人之见的关系。

生育制度

本书是费孝通基于自己开授的学程所著,不仅论及生育,还论及一切因种族绵延的需要而引申或派生出来的足以满足此基本需要、护卫此重大功能的事物。全书共十六章,“种族绵续的保障”,“双系抚育”,“婚姻的确立”,“内婚和外婚”,“夫妇的配合”,“社会结构中的基本三角”,“居处的聚散”,“父母的权力”,“世代间的隔膜”,“社会性的断乳”,“社会继替”,“世代参差”,“单系偏重”,“以多继少”,“续绝”,“亲属扩展”。

第二性

波伏娃在本书中发出了“女人是什么”的提问,并做出了女人相对于绝对主体的男人是“他者”的观察。卷I探究了女人被界定为他者的原因,卷II按女人的观点描绘固有的世界,以期探明女人在竭力打破非本质的处境的过程中遇到的问题。波伏娃采用的观点是存在主义的道德观——女性并非试图将男人拖入内在性的领域,而是想摆脱两性关系的束缚,追求超越性以确立自己并实现自由。波伏娃认为,女性不应被动地等待男性赋予女性超越性的机会,而应主动创造新的处境。

Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace

This book intends to illustrate the making of the new Chinese worker-subject emerging in the contemporary period, to deal with the production of social desire, to discuss the imperatives and techniques of the production machine in producing the docile, disciplined yet productive, dagongmei, to discuss how dagongmei is crafted and then inscribed on rural female bodies, to discuss the power, discourses, and processes of sexualizing bodies in the workplace, to examine the notion of the scream and dream of workplace life, and to reflect on this volume as a political project and as the practice of a minor genre of resistance in China.

中国女工:新兴打工者主体的形成

打工妹这个新型打工者主体的形成是本书的中心主题。本书描述倒带中国新型打工者主体的形成过程,阐述社会性欲望的生产,尤其是驱使年轻的农村女性离家外出打工的欲望,探讨生产机器资创造社会性身体的过程中的需求和技术,探讨打工妹这种新的社会身份认同是如何在这些农村女性的身体上被建构和确定下来的,讨论工厂中的权力、论述以及身体的性化过程,呈现有身体的疼痛、尖叫以及梦魇所构成的工厂生活画面,并尝试在中国创立一种抗争的次元体。

跨国灰姑娘:当东南亚帮佣遇上台湾新富家庭

本书通过对台湾雇主和家务移工进行的田野调查形成,除分析劳雇双方的互动关系,也触及台湾族群政治、阶级形构与性别关系的转变。本书探讨了家务移工现象所带来的“女主人”的家庭与“女佣”的向上的阶级流动,但也指出了家务移工产生的种族与阶级的不平等,从国家管制与大众论述两个层面描述了家务移工是如何被建构为种族和阶级的他者。本书还描述了“女佣”与“女主人”在各自家庭生活中的处境和地位,以及父权社会强行赋予他们的女性特质的延续。

消费社会

本书描写了当今社会生活中的主导性消费现象。鲍德里亚认为消费者与物的关系不再是人与物品的使用功能之间的关系,它已经转变为人与作为全套的物的有序消费对象的被强暴关系了。此外,今天的消费领域已经成为一个富有结构的社会领域,这个特定的有序结构是阶层区划,需求本身同样也被建构成系列等级。鲍德里亚还讨论了广告在消费控制中的作用,宣称广告意味着伪事件的统治,并断言生产社会已经被消费社会取代。

我的凉山兄弟:毒品、艾滋与流动青年

本书呈现了在四川西南地区的诺苏人在半个世纪中所经历的从部落社会跃入社会主义集体公社制再翻转到市场改革的过程,以及当代中国现代化历程对诺苏人的冲击影响。本书详述1956年和1978年这两个凉山历史上的关键年代,描述诺苏年轻人的流动迁徙,以及如何造成海洛因和艾滋双重疫情,分析利姆的社群领袖如何应对这些新型的社会危机,讨论国家对于毒品与艾滋的防治介入缘何以失败告终,并论述国家的介入失误导致了利姆乡的艾滋污名现象。

Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chung King Mansions, Hong Kong

This book is prefaced with a “Prelude” constituted by a “Note on Hong Kong.” The book is then structured into five chapters: Place, People, Goods, Laws, and Future. At the end of the book, Mathews puts forward the key concept, neoliberalism, to explain the underlying ideological force that drives and shapes the development in Chungking Mansions. Mathews understands neoliberalism to emphasize the market as the arbiter of value, freedom from state regulation, and the drive for money-making. Hong Kong exemplifies neoliberalism, which makes possible Chungking Mansions as “a ghetto of middle-class striving” that enables people from the world’s peripheries to make a better life.

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