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Eddy U

Eddy U

Associate Professor

2248 SS&H

Office Hours for Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018 :

  • On Sabbatical through Winter 2018

Education:

  1. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Biography:

Classes:

Sociology 5        Global Social Change

Sociology 145A  Sociology of Third-World Development

Sociology 183    Comparative Organization

Sociology 188    Markets, Culture, and Inequalities in Contemporary China

Sociology 195    Globalization and China

Sociology 265B  Contemporary Sociological Theory

Sociology 299    Capstone Seminar

Research Interests:

Political sociology; historical sociology; sociology of intellectuals; Chinese society and politics

 

Research Topics:

I am currently researching the intellectual as a social classification in China. Social classification has been one of the central issues in sociological inquiry. Every society has its systems of classifying the population. The analysis of social classification occupies an important part in the work of Emile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, and other scholars. The classification of zhishifenzi (intellectuals or the intellectual) did not appear in Chinese society until the early twentieth century. From there, zhishifenzi evolved into a primary social classification with profound impact on policy, organization, and the individual in Mainland China. My research illustrates the power relations and social dynamics that underpinned the rise of the classification as well as how it had been extended across society and how governments, organizations, and individuals used the classification in everyday life. This study of the politics of classification in China  represents my broader interest in the organization of Chinese society, in particular, since the 1949 Chinese Communist Revolution. My recent book explores the organization of the Chinese socialist workplace from 1949 to 1969. In the new project, I explore the organization of social consciousness in China.

If you are interested in my new project, some of the articles below may be useful.

Areas of Ph.D. Supervision:

I am interested in the following areas of research: 1. Sociology of China (20th century and beyond); 2. The study of social classification; 3. Research on intellectuals; 4. The study of organization.

Publications:

Books:

U, Eddy (with Robert J. Culp and Wen-hsin Yeh), ed. 2016. Knowledge Acts in Modern China: Ideas, Institutions, and Identities. Institute of Asian Studies Publications, University of California, Berkeley.

U, Eddy. 2007. Disorganizing China: Counter-bureaucracy and the Decline of Socialism. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

-- see review in Journal of Asian Studies (November 2008)

-- see review in Contemporary Sociology (November 2008)

-- see review in American Journal of Sociology (January 2009)


Refereed journal articles:

U, Eddy. 2016. "Rise of Marxist Classes: Bureaucratic Classification and Class Formation in Early Socialist China." European Journal of Sociology 57(1):1-29.

U, Eddy. 2015. "What was the Petty Bourgeoisie? Cultural Positioning and Reification of Marxist Classes in Early PRC Discourse."  Modern China 41(6): 575-602.

U, Eddy. 2013. "Reifications of the Intellectual: Representations, Organization, and Agency in Revolutionary China." British Journal of Sociology 64(4):617-642

U. Eddy. 2013. "Intellectuals and Alternative Socialist Paths in Early Mao Years." The China Journal 70:1-23.

U, Eddy. 2012. "Dangerous Privilege: The United Front and the Rectification Campaign of the Early Mao Years." The China Journal 68: 32-57.

U, Eddy. 2010. "Third Sister Liu and the Making of Intellectuals in Socialist China." The Journal of Asian Studies 69(1):57-83.

U, Eddy. 2009. "Reification of the Chinese Intellectual: On the Origins of Zhishifenzi." Modern China 35(6):604-631.

U, Eddy. 2007. "The Making of Chinese Intellectuals: Representations and Organization in the Thought Reform Campaign. The China Quarterly 192:971-989.

U, Eddy. 2005a. "Leninist Reforms, Workplace Cleavages, and Teachers in the Chinese Cultural Revolution." Comparative Studies of Society and History 47(1):105-133.

U, Eddy. 2005b. "State Management of Careers, Workplace Conflict, and Regime Legitimacy in Socialist China." The Sociological Quarterly 46 (2):359-384.

U, Eddy. 2004. "The Hiring of Rejects: Teacher Recruitment and the Crisis of Socialism in the Early PRC." Modern China 30(1):46-80.

U, Eddy. 2003. "The Making of Zhishifenzi (Chinese intellectuals): The Critical Impacts of the Registration of Unemployed Intellectuals in the Early PRC." The China Quarterly 173:100-121.

 

Chapters in Edited Volume:

U, Eddy (with Robert J. Culp). 2016. "Introduction: Knowledge Systems, Knowledge Producers, and China's Distinctive Modernity" in Knowledge Acts in Modern China: Ideas, Institutions, and Identities, edited by Robert J. Culp, Eddy U, and Wen-hsin Yeh. Institute of Asian Studies Publications, University of California, Berkeley.

U. Eddy. 2016. "The Formation of Intellectuals in Yan'an" in Knowledge Acts in Modern China: Ideas, Institutions, and Identities, edited by Robert J. Culp, Eddy U, and Wen-hsin Yeh. Institute of Asian Studies Publications, University of California, Berkeley.

 

RECENT GRANTS:

1. Conference grant (with Robert J. Culp and Wen-hsin Yeh) from Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. 2014.

Topic: Organized Knowledge under Chinese socialism

2. Research grant from Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 2007-2010.

Topic: The Making of the Intellectual in Socialist China.

3. Conference grant (with Robert J. Culp and Wen-hsin Yeh) from American Council of Learned Societies, 2009.

Topic: Intellectuals, Professions, and Knowledge Production in Twentieth-century China.

4. Conference grant (with Robert J. Culp and Wen-hsin Yeh) from Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. 2009.

Topic: Intellectuals, Professions, and Knowledge Production in Twentieth-century China.

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