Teaching classical sociological theory in Hong Kong SAR, China


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    'Metropolitan' sociology has universal pretensions that cannot be realised. These and other limitations of mainstream sociology are borne out by the experience of teaching a classical sociological theory course in Hong Kong during 2012. Imparting accessible material meaningfully applicable to analysis of Chinese society led students to scrutinise primary texts and to apply to them material that supplemented, corrected and provided an alternative framework to the received wisdom of western social theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)426-440
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Sociology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Sociology and Political Science

    User-Defined Keywords

    • accumulation
    • Chinese society
    • Emile Durkheim
    • Georg Simmel
    • Karl Marx
    • Max Weber
    • orthopraxy
    • suicide
    • triadic forms


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