Our guest researcher and lecturer Dr. Daniel Nehring is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology at Catholic University of Daegu (South Korea). Personal website: http://www.dnehring.net
This seminar will have two objectives. First, it will seek to explore contemporary transformations of intimate life in East Asia, with a focus on three societies: the People’s Republic of China, South Korea and Japan. Over the past 40 years, East Asian societies have been profoundly transformed by processes of modernisation and globalisation. We will explore the consequences which these processes have had for the social organisation of family life, marriage, love and sexuality. Second, in this context, the seminar will focus specifically on the implications of the transnationalisation East Asian societies. What are the consequences of East Asia’s insertion into transnational flows of people, goods, services and discourses for the social organisation of intimacy? What are the social, cultural and political consequences of the long-term growth in transnational marriages and families? And finally, in which ways do processes of transnationalisation redefine the scope and limits of intimate citizenship in East Asia, if at all? These three questions will guide our conversations for much of the seminar.
We will begin with a brief introduction to sociological accounts of love, intimacy and personal life. On this basis, we will then explore contemporary transformations of intimate life in mainland China, Japan and South Korea. The main part of the seminar will then look at issues of intimate citizenship in the context of the transnationalisation of these three societies.
For the 4 credit points (unbenotete Studienleistung/non-graded active partcipation), you will need to deliver a group presentation. We will schedule these presentations in our first session. For the additional 6 credit points (benotete Prüfungsleistung/graded examination) you need to write a paper of 5000 words. The deadline for this essay will be the 20th of February.
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Nehring, Daniel and Wang, Xiying (2016) ‘Making transnational intimacies: intergenerational relationships in Chinese-Western families’. The Journal of Chinese Sociology, 3(10).
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