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The University of Western Australia (M257)
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CRAWLEY WA 6009
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- Room G01, Social Sciences Building, Crawley campus
- BA PhD Griff.
- Gary hails from southeast Queensland where he studied Chinese language and society at Griffith University completing his doctorate on China's population policy in 1996. He has been working at The University of Western Australia since 1997 and calls Perth 'home'. These days his time is split between Western Australia and China.
- Key research
- Contemporary China and its ongoing social, cultural and political transformation forms the broad focus of his research. More specifically, Gary’s research interests can be split into two areas: governmental and social policy reform in contemporary China on the one hand, and cultural heritage and community development on the othe. With regards to the the former his approach is a critical combination of governmentality studies, sociology and political economy. In this field, especially in relation to governmentality studies, Gary’s contributions have been significant and pioneering. With regards to the latter his approach is inspired by his fascination with China’s rich cultural heritage and the important role ‘culture’ plays in social and political life. A new project in this area focuses on the cultural heritage preservation of southwest China’s Ancient Tea Horse Road (茶马古道). The development of cultural heritage tourism and the place of such development in terms of grass-roots communities is of particularly strong interest (and it is at this point that the two research areas overlap). You can read more about Gary’s research in this area by visiting his blog at: www.chinawatch2050.com.
- Gary also supervises postgraduates with research projects focusing on China. Currently he has several postgraduate students researching topics ranging from the discourse of civilisation and citizenship in Shanghai to the changing identities of Han converts to Tibetan Buddhism. He believes in working closely with postgraduates in projects which overlap with his own interests so as to foster a research environment conducive to achieving international standards.
- Book Chapters:
2009: (with Elaine Jeffreys) ‘Governmentality and China’, in Elaine Jeffreys (ed) Chinese Governmentalities: Governing Change, Changing Government, London: Routledge, pp. 1-25.
2007: ‘A Chinese Christmas story’, in Shi-xu (ed) Discourse as Cultural Struggle , Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, pp. 99-104.
2006: ‘Sex, politics and the policing of virtue in the People’s Republic of China’, in Elaine Jeffreys (ed) Sex and Sexuality in China, London & New York: RoutledgeCurzon, pp. 43-61.
2005 (republication in Thai): ‘Keeping it in the family: Government, marriage and sex in contemporary China’, in Liewkiet, P. et al (eds) (2005) Love and Hate: Violence Against Women, Women’s Studies Center, Chiangmai University.
2002: ‘Keeping it in the family: Government, marriage and sex in contemporary China’, in Margaret Jolly and Kalpana Ram (eds) Borders of Being: Citizenship, Fertility, and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 118-153.
1997: ‘Governing Chinese bodies: The significance of studies in governmentality for the analysis of birth control in China’, in Clare O'Farrell (ed) Foucault: The Legacy, Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology Press.
Refereed Journal Articles:
2009: ‘Suzhi, the Body, and the Fortunes of Technoscientific Reasoning
in Contemporary China’, positions: east asia culture critique, 17: 3, pp. 538 – 566.
2009: (with Li Jia) (in Chinese) ‘Kaizhan haiwai hanyu jiaoxue he wenhua jiaoliu de tiaozhan yu jiyu: yi xi’ao daxue kongzi xueyuan wei gean’ (Challenges and opportunities in developing Chinese language teaching and cultural exchange in foreign contexts: The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia as a case study’, Yunnan Daxue Xuebao (Academic Journal of Yunnan University), 7: 1, pp. 32-36.
2006: ‘Chinese Governmentalities: Government, Governance and the Socialist Market Economy’, Economy and Society, 35: 4, pp. 487-508.
2004: ‘Liberal despotism: Population planning, government and subjectivity in contemporary China’, Alternative: Global, Local, Political, 29: 5, pp. 557-575.
2000: (with Song Xianlin) ‘Middle kingdom mentalities: Chinese Visions of National Characteristics in the 1990s’, Communal/Plural, 8: 1, pp. 47-64.
1999: (with Elaine Jeffreys) ‘On 'Sex' and 'Sexuality' in China: A Conversation with Pan Suiming’, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, 31: 1, pp. 50-58.
1998: ‘Sex, State and the Family: Guest Editor’s Introduction’, Chinese Sociology and Anthropology, 31: 1, pp. 3-13.
1998: ‘“Peasants into Chinamen”: Population, reproduction and eugenics in contemporary China’, Asian Studies Review, 22: 3, pp. 309-338.
1996: ‘Governing Chinese bodies: The significance of studies in governmentality for the analysis of birth control in China’, Economy and Society, 24: 5.
Refereed Conference Proceedings
2006: ‘From 'Jihua' to 'Guihua': A Preliminary Critique of Approaches to Understanding 'Governance' in the Chinese Context’, in Vickers, Adrian, and Margaret Hanlon (eds) Asia Reconstructed: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, Wollongong, Australia. ISBN 978-0-9580837-3-7. Available at: http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/ASAA/biennial-conference/2006/proceedings.html
2004: ‘Marketing Theory: Sexuality, Subjectivity and Government in China’, Asian Studies Review, 28: 1, pp. 75-82.
- English and Chinese Mandarin.
- Council Member, International Chinese Language Society, Beijing, China.
Member of Academic Advisory Board, International College, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).
Chinese Studies Association of Australia (CSAA).
Chinese Teaching and Learning Association of Western Australia (CTLAWA).
- Honours and awards
- 2008: Confucius Institute Outstanding Individual Performance Award. Awarded by State Councillor Mme Liu Yandong in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.
2008: Participant in Australia 2020. A two day event initiated by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and held in Parliament House, Canberra. My contribution was in the field of Australia-Asia/China relations.
2007: Advanced Confucius Institute Award. Awarded by State Councillor Mme Chen Zhili.
2006: Exceptional Concept Award 2006. Awarded by the Perth Convention Bureau. $10,000.
2006: Keynote Speaker. Chinese Language Federation of Australia Annual Conference, Perth. ‘Chinese: World Language and the
2006: Annual University of Third Age Lecture, Perth. Topic: ‘China Rising: Implications for Australia’.
- In the Asian Studies programme, in addition to teaching intermediate Chinese, Gary lectures in contemporary Asian and Chinese Studies, teaching and coordinating the Chinese studies units Social Issues in Contemporary China (ASIA2211) as well as the Asian Studies unit Understanding Asia-Australia Issues (ASIA2206). More information about these units can be found at:
- Current external positions
- Senior Visiting Scholar in the Department of Tourism Management at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China).
Research Fellow in the Center for Ancient Tea Horse Road Culture Research at Yunnan University (Kunming, China).
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Research profile and publications