Teaching classical sociological theory in Hong Kong SAR, China

Jack Barbalet*

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'Metropolitan' sociology has universal pretensions that cannot be realised. These and other limitations of mainstream sociology are borne out by the experience of teaching a classical sociological theory course in Hong Kong during 2012. Imparting accessible material meaningfully applicable to analysis of Chinese society led students to scrutinise primary texts and to apply to them material that supplemented, corrected and provided an alternative framework to the received wisdom of western social theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-440
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sociology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • accumulation
  • Chinese society
  • Emile Durkheim
  • Georg Simmel
  • Karl Marx
  • Max Weber
  • orthopraxy
  • suicide
  • triadic forms


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