Message from the Head

Succeeding to the Headship of a department where I was once an undergraduate student is an enormous privilege and a responsibility which I have accepted with humility. This is where I was exposed to the disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology and encountered inspiring educators and researchers.

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Succeeding to the Headship of a department where I was once an undergraduate student is an enormous privilege and a responsibility which I have accepted with humility. This is where I was exposed to the disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology and encountered inspiring educators and researchers. This is where I now practice my craft – teaching and doing ethnographic research – with great personal satisfaction. This disciplinary ‘joint-ness' and the institutional co-location of these disciplines began in 1965 when the ‘Department of Sociology' was first founded at the then University of Singapore – and persists firmly into the present. Through the decades this dual disciplinary grounding has continued to be reflected in the intellectual tenor of the department.

The department offers a range of engaging undergraduate and graduate modules that speak to the complexities of everyday living that unfold in diverse socio-cultural and political settings. Examples include the following fields: comparative historical sociology; financial and economic sociology; urban studies; cultural studies; research on religion; family, health and demography studies; work, class, mobility and inequalities; politics, power and violence; law, justice, human rights, social movements and deviance; kinship, gender and sexuality; visual and popular culture, media and communication studies. The department strives to equip students with core theoretical and methodological skill sets with which to critically analyse any societal domain, comparatively and historically. The effort is to produce skilled researchers – theoreticians and methodologists – who are trained to ask critical questions, formulate research problems, design and execute a research agenda effectively – skills that they can further translate into any context, and certainly beyond academic settings.

The department is a diverse, dynamic and innovative research and teaching unit with strong expertise in research on Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia as well as on Singapore society. One of the largest Sociology departments in the world, it offers comprehensive undergraduate, honours and graduate programmes, led by a group of dedicated and creative researchers and educators. The strength and vitality of the department are rooted in its teaching capacity fronted by excellent educators not to mention its stellar research and publication profile given a strong core of accomplished researchers and intellectuals. The classrooms, departmental seminars, graduate workshops and conferences organized through department initiatives afford opportunities for debating and debunking ideas and perspectives on culture, politics and society, challenging students to problematize everything - in the spirit of refusing to take anything for granted.

Professor Vineeta Sinha
Head of Department

Recent Publications

Seeing like Borders: Convergence Zone as a Post-Zomian Model
Jinba Tenzin
Current Anthropology 58, no. 5 (October 2017): 551-575.

The Ecology of Chinese Academia: A Third-eye Perspective
Jinba Tenzin
The China Quarterly, 231 (September 2017): 775-796.

Neither Reform nor Regime Change: Labor Politics in China and India’s Automobile Industries
Manjusha Nair and Eli Friedman
Sociology Working Paper Series,no. 195,2017

Globalization and its Countermovements: Marxian Contention or Polanyian Resistance?
Kurtulus Gemici and Manjusha Nair
Sociology Compass,vol.10 no.7, 2016

Paradox in Marriage Value and Behavior in Contemporary China
Wei-Jun Jean Yeung and Shu Hu
Chinese Journal of Sociology,vol.2 no.3, 2016

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Latest News and Announcements

SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES

City Hukou Barriers and Intermarriages in China

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 3pm to 4.30pm, AS1-02-12

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ANNUAL TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD (ATEA)

Our heartiest congratulations to our colleagues, A/P Ganapathy Narayanan and A/P Vincent Chua for being awarded the ‘NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award for AY2016-17’.

FACULTY TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD (FTEA)

We are pleased to announce that six of our dedicated staff have been awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for AY2016/2017.

This award is for faculty members who have displayed a high level of commitment to their teaching. Each year, a select few colleagues are recognised for their teaching based on peer reviews, student feedback and exposition of their teaching philosophy.

Congratulations to:

  • A/P Ganapathy Narayanan
  • A/P Kelvin Low
  • A/P Vincent Chua
  • Dr Emily Chua
  • Dr Feng Qiushi
  • Dr Noorman Abdullah
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