This paper explores the development of academic sociology in Hong Kong since the expansion of higher education and increased student enrolment in the nineties. Colleges gained university titles and sociology departments matured as a result. I attempt to trace the current state of sociology in teaching programs and research directions. I conclude with a discussion of future developments with specific reference to the repositioning of Hong Kong within sociology as the former British colony continue to negotiate, navigate and grapple its relationship with Mainland China both as a productive site for sociological research and a reference point to be different in method.
I would first like to thank Chen Hon‐Fai for his invitation to participate in “Facing the West: Circulation, Cooperation and Contestation in the Post‐War Development of Sociology in Asia” conference. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to Karen Joe‐Laidler, David Levin, Lui Tai‐Lok and Pun Ngai for sharing their insights in the development of Hong Kong sociology. An earlier version of this paper was presented at a research seminar in the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University. Comments from colleagues were most astute in many ways. Any shortcomings in the article are mine and mine alone.
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