Gender Studies Programme - Prof. SONG Jing

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SONG Jing Ph.D. in Sociology, Brown University (2012)
Position: Assistant Professor
Telephone: 3943 9314
Fax No.: 2603 7223
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Courses Taught:

GDRS3005 (UGEC3203) - Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Society

GDRS4010  – Thesis

GDRS5030 – Advanced Topics in Gender Studies I

GDRS5040  – Advanced Topics in Gender Studies II

GDRS5085 – Gender and Work

Research Interest: Gender and Family, Work and Employment, Land and Urbanization, Market Transition in China
Introduction: Jing Song is an Assistant Professor in Gender Studies Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. she got her BA and MA in sociology at Peking University (China) and then an MA and PhD in sociology at Brown University (USA). Her research interests include gender, family, work, migration, urbanization, political participation, and market transition.  Her research cover topics of women's self-employment and entrepreneurship, land development and property rights,  dating, cohabitation and marriage, tied migration and family relations. She has published in China Quarterly, Urban Studies, The China Review, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Housing Studies, Population, Space and Place, Journal of Sociology, Journal of Chinese Sociology, Journal of Comparative Family Studies,  Asian Anthropology, Chinese Journal of Sociology etc. Her book Gender and Employment in Rural China was published by Routledge in 2017.
Research funded by General Research Fund(GRF) of Hong Kong Research Grants Council:  Top-down and Bottom-up Urbanization in Rural China
Selected Publications:

Referred Journal Articles:

1. Song, Jing. 2018. “Personal traits, opportunities, and constraints: female cadres and rural politics in China’s modernization.” Asian Anthropology, DOI: 10.1080/1683478X.2018.1458404

2. Song, Jing, Gina Lai, Odalia Wong, Xiaotian Feng. 2018. “Staying Connected with ICT Tools: Tracking Youth Respondents in a Chinese Context.” Journal of Chinese Sociology 5(1)
Song, Jing, Huimin Du and Si-ming Li. 2018. “Mobility and Life Chances in Urbanization and Migration in China: Introduction.” The China Review, 18(1), 1-10.

4. Song, Jing, Huimin Du and Si-ming Li. 2018. “Smooth or Troubled Occupation Transition? Urbanization and Employment of Former Peasants in Western China.” The China Review, 18(1), 79-105.

5. Clerge, Orly, Gabriela Sanchez-Soto, Jing Song and Nancy Luke. 2017. “‘I Would Really Like to Go Where You Go’: Rethinking Migration Decision-Making Among Educated Tied-Movers.” Population, Space and Place. 23:e1990. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1990

6. Lai, Gina, Jing Song, Odalia Wong, and Xiaotian Feng. 2016. “Transition to Higher Education in Contemporary China: A Study of High School Graduates in Urban Nanjing.” Journal of Sociology, Vol. 52(1), 83-102

7. Song, Jing. 2015. “Women and Self-employment in Post-socialist Rural China: Side Job, Individual Career or Family Venture.” The China Quarterly, number 221, 229-242. 

8. Song, Jing. 2015. “Official Relocation and Self-help Development: Three Housing Strategies under Ambiguous Property Rights in China’s Rural Land Development.” Urban Studies, Vol. 52(1) 121–137.

9. Song, Jing. 2014. “Space to Maneuver: Collective Strategies of Indigenous Villagers in the Urbanizing Region of Northwestern China.” Eurasian Geography and Economics. 55:4, 362-380.

10. Song, Jing and Nancy Luke. 2014. “Fairy Brides from Heaven: Mate Selection in Rural China, 1949-2000.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Volume XLV Number 4, 497-515.

11. Xu, Yuan, Jing Song and Weishi Zhang. 2014. “Decomposing the Impacts of Time Use on Energy Consumption.” Energy Procedia, 61, 1888-1892.

12. Song, Jing. 2010. “Moving Purchase and Sitting Purchase: Housing Reform and Transition to Homeownership in Beijing.” Housing Studies. Vol. 25, No. 6, 903-919

13. Song, Jing and John Logan. 2010. “Family and Market: Nonagricultural Employment in Rural China.” Chinese Journal of Sociology. Vol. 30, No. 5, 142-163.

14. Song, Jing and Yang Shanhua. 2005. “Economic Reform and the Transformation of Village Public Authority.” Social Sciences in ChinaVol. 156, No. 6, 129-14

15. Song, Jing, Huimin Du and Si-ming Li. 2020. “Who is the winner? Relocated rural communities and stratification in urbanizing northwestern China”, Journal of Rural Studies, DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2020.04.026

16. Li, Lulu, Siyuan Zhou and Jing Song. 2019. “Time Poverty: An Analysis of Chinese Young Female Entrepreneurs.” China Youth Study, 10, 19-26.


1. Song, Jing, 2017. Gender and employment in rural China. London; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 149 pages.

Book Chapter

1. Song, Jing and Lulu Li, 2017. "Mate Selection in Rural China", in Xiaowei Zang and Lucy Zhao eds. Handbook on the Family and Marriage in China, Edward Elgar Publishing, 75-88.

2. Song, Jing. 2017. “Space to Maneuver: Collective Strategies of Indigenous Villagers in the Urbanizing Region of China.” in Si-ming Li, Shenjing He and Kam Wing Chan eds. Changing China: Migration, Communities and Governance in Cities. Routledge, 115-133.

3. Song, Jing and Yang Shanhua. 2012. “College Students’ Self-positioning and the Mobile Phone Consumption.” In Rodney Wai-chi Chu, Leopoldina Fortunati, Patrick Pui-Lam Law, Shanhua Yang eds. Mobile Communication and Greater China, Routledge, 161-175.

4. Lai, Weiwen and Jing Song. 2019. Cross-border Household Strategies: A Case Study of Transnational Marriage Between China and Myanmar.” Su-ling Yu and Le-kun Tan eds. Marriage Migrants in Asia: Mobility and Agency. Center for Gender & Women Studies, National Cheng Kung University, 153-166.

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