Professor of Social Anthropology
Fellow of St Hugh's College
Migration, state, labour, social reproduction, ethnic relations, business, China, India
Having grown up in southeast China and educated in Beijing, I was most influenced by the tense debates in 1980s China. I became interested in ethnographic research because of its attention to complexities that cannot be foreseen beforehand and I have always sought to integrate ethnographic data into historical, institutional and especially political economy analysis.
Current editorial/advisory board membership
Anthropological Theory; International Migration Review; Pacific Affairs; TRaNS: Trans-National and -Regional Studies of Southeast Asia; Migration Studies; Open Times (Chinese); Asia Matters; Business, Culture and Theory; Advances in Applied Sociology; Anti-Trafficking Review; Archives of Anthropology; British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies; Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics and Sociology; e-SocialSciences; Aceh International Journal of Social Sciences
2008 Anthony Leeds Prize for Global 'Body Shopping': An Indian International Labor System in the Information Technology Industry. Princeton University Press. 2006.
2012 William L. Holland Prize for Predatory Princes and Princely Peddlers: The State and International Labor Migration Brokers in China. Pacific Affairs. 85 (1): 47-68. 2012.
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 274687
Oxford China Centre
Oxford South Asian Studies Programme
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