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

Youth and Generation: Rethinking Change and Inequality in the Lives of Young People.

11 September, 2015 Friday
Rm813, 8/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

The promise of the sociological study of youth is not simply showing that class, gender and race continue to influence life chances, but to show how they shape young lives today. Drawing on examples from a 20-year longitudinal study of youth transitions in Australia, this paper builds on the concepts of 'social generation' and 'individualisation' to suggest a new framework for youth research. Too often inequality (including by class, gender and race) is conceptualised as evidence of a simple process of reproduction, and is hence seen as evidence against social change. This creates a conflation of 'continuity' and inequality. The paper will argue that new risks and inequalities do not simply mask old forms of inequality, but are central to the way inequalities, including by class, gender and race, are being made afresh in contemporary conditions.

Dr Dan Woodman is the Discipline Chair and TR Ashworth Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is Vice President of The Australian Sociological Association and also Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Youth within the International Sociological Association. His work focuses on the sociology of generations, social change, and the impact of insecure work and variable employment patterns on people's relationships. His recent books include Youth and Generation (Sage, with Johanna Wyn), the four volume collection Youth and Young Adulthood (Routledge, with Andy Furlong), and the edited collection Youth Cultures, Transitions, and Generations: Bridging the Gap in Youth Research (Palgrave, with Andy Bennett).



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]