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.



Exhibition: (Re)Imagining Youth (重新)想象年青人
Mon–Fri: 10.30am-6.00pm. August 7-31, 2015
MC³@702 Creative Space, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Exhibition Launch: Thursday August 6, 2015, 7.00pm-9.00pm. All welcome!

In recent years, the word ‘globalization’ has been on everyone’s lips. We see the economic effects of globalization in the city around us: rising inequality, changing job-markets, increased precariousness. And we carry the cultural impacts around with us in our pockets, in our smartphones and iDevices. Young people, of course, experience both the precariousness of the global economy, and the leading-edge of global consumer culture. The concrete impacts of globalization are felt most harshly yet most creatively amongst young people - in their politics, in their identities, in their culture. The changing nature of social life can therefore be glimpsed most fully in understanding young people’s adaptive responses to global trends.

This exhibition seeks to explore these issues through a focus on changing representations and realities of youth leisure in two geographically and culturally diverse research sites: Glasgow and Hong Kong. The exhibition draws together images from the 1960s alongside contemporary photography and illustrations from both sites, based on an ongoing study of youth in public housing, to open up questions of continuity and change in young people’s leisure-time and leisure-space. Comparing the post-industrial spaces of Glasgow with the globalised density of Hong Kong, the exhibition will seek to interrogate questions of globalization, inequality and social change in a way that is grounded in the experiences of young people.

Twitter: @imaginingyouth

Book Launch: Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City

Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City (Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2015)

August 6, 2015
Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
MC³@702 Creative Space


Dr Alistair Fraser (author)
Department of Sociology
University of Hong Kong

Professor Lui Tai-Lok
Chair Professor of Hong Kong Studies
Hong Kong Institute for Education
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Hong Kong Sociological Association 17th Annual Conference
Call for papers 2015

The Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University is pleased to be offered the opportunity to host the 17th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association.
The theme of the conference – Sociological Imagination in a Pluralist World – is an invitation to explore the forces – politics, economics, social movements, policies and institutions – that drive the recognition and affirmation of diversity within society, and the problems that derive from the coexistence of different interests, belief systems, and lifestyles.
We invite papers that will stimulate debate and discussion about the local and international issues related to the above. Hong Kong provides the ideal location for this conference – a city which has a long history of openness and tolerance as well as respect for diversity. We look forward to welcoming you to the 17th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association December 4-5 2015 at Hong Kong Shue Yan University.
Keynote speakers
Prof. CHUA Bing Huat
Prof. WONG Siu-lun

Panel proposal: 26 September 2015 Saturday
Registration and call for papers: 19 October 2015 Monday
For enquiry
Phone: (852) 2806 5125
Fax: (852) 2806 8044
Conference website

Please visit for registration and abstract submission form.

The study of extra - legal governance: conceptual, theoretical and empirical challenges, and some tentative solutions

Federico Varese
Oxford University & Nuffield College

August 18, 2015 Tuesday
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Rm813, 8/F, The Jockey Club Tower, HKU

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.



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]