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Sociology Professor Celebrates Book Publication

Xiaoshuo Hou, assistant professor of sociology, will celebrate the publication of her new book Community Capitalism in China: The State, the Market, and Collectivism (Cambridge University Press, 2013) at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 2, in the Sykes Common Room.

“The book is based on my extended fieldwork in China and captures how members in three villages – Nanjie, Huaxi and Shangyuan – strive to gain both group solidarity and economic prosperity in the midst of unprecedented social change," said Hou. "It is a book about those at the most grassroots level in rural China who are experiencing the dual transformation from an agrarian society to a more industrialized society and from a planned economy to a more market-oriented economy."

Hou earned a bachelor's degree in English and international business communication at Nanjing University in China and a Ph.D. in sociology at Boston University. Before joining St. Lawrence in 2009, she taught for one year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of development, social change, economic sociology, sociology of organizations and the socioeconomic transformations in China. She has published in The Journal of Asian Studies, Theory and Society, Theory, Culture & Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Journal International de Bioéthique. Hou also co-edited the five-volume Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism and is working on a research project comparing green technology innovations in China and in the United States for which she received the William B. Bradbury, Jr. Faculty Award and a Faculty Research Fellowship Award.