The courses of the Department attempt to provide students with a basic knowledge of sociological andanthropological concepts theories, and methods, applying these to the empirical study of topics which have some relevance to contemporary Hong Kong. Thus in addition to basic courses in theory and methods, regionally there are courses on Hong Kong itself, China and other Asian societies and topically there are courses on a wide range of sub-fields within sociology.


Department of Sociology

Lifestyle Migration in Asia – An Interpretive Photography Exhibition
不分畛域 - 從亞洲看生活方式的遷徙攝影展

Lifestyle Migration involves relatively affluent people moving either part-time or full-time, permanently or temporarily, to places that they believe will offer them a better quality of life. There is usually an economic incentive to their mobility, but the search for the good life is paramount in their motivations. Lifestyle migration is an increasingly widespread phenomenon, with effects for migrants, locals, cultural life, and economic life. So how and why do lifestyle migrants move from one place to another? Does their old home still play a role in their new lives? What are their needs and aspirations, and the continuities and discontinuities of their mobile lives? What aspects of the social infrastructure made particular destinations attractive for them?

This photography exhibition offers us a glimpse of the diverse motivations and everyday experiences of Western and Hong Kong lifestyle migrants in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Through the eyes of participants in our two-year research project ‘Lifestyle Migration in East Asia: A Comparative Study of British and Asian Lifestyle Migrants’ (RES-000-22-4357) funded by the ESRC/Hong Kong Research Grants Council, these photographs reveal fascinating aspects of life ‘on the move’ for men and women, young families, and those in retirement. The accompanying excerpts offer us a glimpse of the interior worlds of migrants in which experiences, loyalties and memories from two places co-exist and combine.

Opening Public Seminar
Thinking Globally about Lifestyle Migration
24th April 2015, 3pm – 5:30pm
Rm813, Department of Sociology, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

‘One World is Not Enough’: The Interweaving of Time and Space in the Lived Experiences of Lifestyle Migrants in East Asia
Professor Rob Stones, University of Western Sydney

Privileged Migration in Malaysia: Women’s Life-making Practices
Professor Karen O’Reilly, University of Loughborough

Cross-Border Migration and Home-making Practices in Hong Kong
Professor Maggy Lee, University of Hong Kong

Self-Initiated Swiss Migrants on the quest for a ‘Good Life’ in China
Ms Aldina Camenisch, Institute for Cultural Studies and European Anthropology, University of Basel

Exhibition Period: April 24 - May 22, 2015
Venue: MC³@702 Creative Space
The Jockey Club Tower,
Centennial Campus, HKU

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri           10:30am - 6:00pm
Sat                   11:00am – 5:00pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays


Department of Sociology

Charles Darwin and the Birth of (Mentalist) Sociology
Professor Liah Greenfeld Professor of Sociology, Political Science and Anthropology, Boston University

May 28, 2015 (Thursday)
11:30AM – 1:00PM
929, Jockey Club Tower, The Centennial Campus, HKU

The talk will focus on the mentalist approach to the study of human society -- or sociological mentalism -- and show its dependence on the implicit revision of the dual view of reality in Charles Darwin's ORIGINS OF THE SPECIES. Suggesting that mentalism was anticipated in the shared intellectual agenda of Durkheim and Weber, it will offer a new interpretation of the two classics.

About the speaker:
Liah Greenfeld is the author, among other publications, of the trilogy on nationalism and modernity, consisting of NATIONALISM: FIVE ROADS TO MODERNITY;  THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM: NATIONALISM AND ECONOMIC GROWTH;  and  MIND, MODERNITY, MADNESS: THE IMPACT OF CULTURE ON HUMAN EXPERIENCE (Harvard University Press, 1992, 2001, 2013). University Professor and Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science at Boston University, she has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University since 2011, which inspired her to her research to cross-civilizational analysis, the subject of her current research.


The 11th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association

The Department of Sociology has hosted the 11th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA). [Photo]