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Dr Xiaoying Qi Name: Dr Xiaoying Qi
Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
+613 9230 8595
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts (VIC)
Building 412 - Arts Precinct (34-36 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 1-Room 412.1.02
Biographical Information

Dr Xiaoying Qi was awarded a PhD in 2012 at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Her thesis won the 2013 Jean Martin Award of The Australian Sociological Association, given biennially to 'the best PhD thesis in social science disciplines from an Australian tertiary institution'. Her most recent book, Remaking Families in Contemporary China, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. An earlier book, Globalized Knowledge Flows and Chinese Social Theory (London & New York: Routledge, 2014), was awarded The Raewyn Connell Prize Special Commendation of The Australian Sociological Association ['in recognition of excellence of a first book by an author in Australian Sociology 2014-2015']. She has published articles in leading international journals, including American Journal of Cultural Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, International Sociology, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Journal of Sociology, and Sociology. Research innovation is evidenced in Dr Qi's introduction of analytical concepts in sociology, including 'intellectual entrepreneurs' and 'veiled patriarchy'. Dr Qi has extensive teaching experience and was a recipient of The National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2012. 



Selected publications

Single-author Books

Qi, Xiaoying. (in press) Remaking Families in Contemporary China. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2014) Globalized Knowledge Flows and Chinese Social Theory. London and New York: Routledge.


Edited Collection

Qi, Xiaoying. (2016) (guest editor). Special issue: Chinese Sociology, Sociology of China. Journal of Sociology 52(1).


Articles in Refereed Journals

Qi, Xiaoying. (2018) Floating Grandparents: Rethinking Family Obligation and Intergenerational Support. International Sociology 33(6) 761-777.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2018) Neo-traditional Child Surnaming in Contemporary China: Women&rsquos Rights as Veiled Patriarchy. Sociology 52(5): 1001-1016.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2017) Social Movements in China: Augmenting Mainstream Theory with Guanxi. Sociology 51(1): 111-126.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2017) Reconstructing the Concept of Face in Cultural Sociology: In Goffman&rsquos Footsteps, Following the Chinese Case. Journal of Chinese Sociology 4: 1-19.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2016) Family Bond and Family Obligation: Continuity and Transformation. Journal of Sociology 52(1): 39-52.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2016) Sociology in China, Sociology of China: Editor&rsquos Introduction. Journal of Sociology 52(1): 3-8.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2015) Filial Obligation in Contemporary China: Evolution of the Culture-System. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 45(1): 141-161.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2013) Intellectual Entrepreneurs and the Diffusion of Ideas: Two Historical Cases of Knowledge Flow. American Journal of Cultural Sociology 1(3): 346-372.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2013) Guanxi, Social Capital Theory and Beyond: Toward a Globalized Social Science. British Journal of Sociology 64(2): 308-324.     

Qi, Xiaoying (with Barbalet, Jack). (2013) The Paradox of Power: Conceptions of Power and the Relations of Reason and Emotion in European and Chinese Culture. Journal of Political Power 6(3): 405-418.                             

Qi, Xiaoying. (2012) A Case Study of Globalized Knowledge Flow: Guanxi in Social Science and Management Theory. International Sociology 27(6): 707-723.                             

Qi, Xiaoying. (2011) Face: A Chinese Concept in a Global Sociology. Journal of Sociology 47(3): 279-296.


Book Chapters

Qi, Xiaoying. (2020) Floating Grandparents. Forthcoming in Chinese Families Upside Down: Intergenerational Dynamics and Neo-Familism in the Early 21st Century, edited by Yunxiang Yan. Leiden: Brill.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2018) Social Capital. Pp. 2125-2127 in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by B Turner et al. London: Wiley Blackwell.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2016) Globalized Higher Education. Pp 328-343 in The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies, 2nd edition, edited by Bryan Turner and Robert Holton. London & New York: Routledge.

Qi, Xiaoying (with Barbalet, J.) (2015) The Paradox of Power. Pp. 51-64 in Power and Emotion, edited by Jonathan G. Heaney and Helena Flam. London: Routledge.

Qi, Xiaoying (with Qi, R.) (2013) Foreign Language Education. Pp. 249-257 in Education in China: Educational History, Models, and Initiatives, edited by Qiang Zha. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group.







Research Interests:

Family and family change

Social capital and social networks

Cultural sociology


Social movements


Selected Funded Research Projects

2017-2020 'Floating Grandparents in China's Internal Migration', HK$628,861, UGC ECS 22604117.  [Principal Investigator]

2016-2017 'Mobile Grandparents in China', HK$49,963, FRG1/16-17/006, Hong Kong Baptist University. [Principal Investigator]


Awards and Distinctions
2016  The Raewyn Connell Prize Special Commendation of The Australian Sociological Association. [In recognition of excellence of a first book by an author in Australian Sociology 2014-2015]. 
2013 The Jean Martin Award of The Australian Sociological Association. [A biennial award for the 'Best PhD Sociology Thesis in Australia'].
2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded by the Office of Teaching and Learning, Australian National Awards for University Teaching.  
2011 College of Arts Teaching Excellence Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, UWS. 
2010 Australian Postgraduate Award and Alumni Scholarship (2010-2013), University of Sydney (not taken up for personal reasons).
2008-2011 UWS Post-graduate Scholarship (full award).
Professional Service
2016-2021 Treasurer, Thematic Group on Society and Emotions [TG08] International Sociological Association.
2013-2016 Member, Associate Board, Sociology.

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