Gender Studies Programme - Prof. SONG Jing

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

GDRS2010 Quantitative Research Methods in Gender Studies

GDRS3005 (UGEC3203) Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Society

GDRS 4010 Thesis

GDRS5030 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies I

GDRS5040 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies II

GDRS5085 Gender and Work 

GDRS5090 Special Topics in Gender Studies

Research Interest: Gender, family, work, migration, urbanization and informal economy

Jing Song is an Associate 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). Prof. Song studies gender and family issues with a focus on work and informal economy under macro social changes of migration, urbanization, and market transition. Her research interests include women's employment and entrepreneurship, land development and property rights, cohabitation and marriage, gender relations and political participation. She also studies how people's life chances and family lives are shaped by state and market. She has published in China Quarterly, Urban Studies, Journal of Rural 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.

  1. National Science Foundation, China, "Business Startups on Internet: A Study of Spatial and Temporal Structures with a Gender Perspective".
  2. Research Grants Council, General Research Fund, “Urbanization, Gender and Property Structures: Top-down and Bottom-up Urbanization in Rural China”. 
  3. The Worldwide Universities Network, “Women’s Mobility: Negotiating Work and Family Spheres in Asia”. 
  4. Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), “A Study on Public Attitudes towards Female Political Leadership”.
  5. The Sumitomo Foundation, Japan. “Woman and Entrepreneurship in Japan and China”.
Selected Publications:

Referred Journal Articles:

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.

Song, Jing and Yinchun Ji. 2020. “Complexity of Chinese Family Life: Individualism, Familism and Gender”, The China Review, 20(2), 1-17.

Song, Jing and Weiwen Lai. 2020. “Cohabitation and Gender Equality: Ideal and Real Division of Household Labor among Chinese Youths”, The China Review, 20(2), 53-80.

Du, Huiming, Jing Song and Si-ming Li. 2020. “‘Peasants are Peasants’: Prejudice against Displaced Villagers in Newly-built Urban Neighbourhoods in China”, Urban Studies. 

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

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

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.

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.

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 (2):e1990. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1990 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Song, Jing and Yang Shanhua. 2005. “Economic Reform and the Transformation of Village Public Authority.” Social Sciences in China,Vol. 156, No. 6, 129-142.



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


Book Chapter

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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