XIANG BIAO 項飆
Visiting Professor (Jan – May 2016), Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford
Professor Xiang has worked on migration and social changes in China, and subsequently India and other parts of Asia, since 1992. His first project, a six-year study on a migrant community in Beijing, demonstrates how rigid official boundaries internal to the Chinese state, which are essential for the state’s control over society, have paradoxically facilitated the growth of new social spaces. He taught a postgraduate course “Mobility, Governance and the Anthropological Imagination” and delivered two talks on “A Costly Order: Labour Migration, Commercial Intermediaries and Social Reordering in China” and “The Beginning of China’s Ethnicity Challenge” at HKU.