Zhifang Song

Lecturer in AnthropologyZhifang Song

Elsie Locke 618
Internal Phone: 95568

Qualifications

Research Interests

Zhifang Song is a lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury. He holds a BA (Hebei Normal University), MA (Beijing Foreign Studies University) and a PhD (University of Southern California). Before joining UC, Zhifang held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California. He also taught anthropology at the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach.

Zhifang has been conducting fieldwork in North China, looking at changes in family and marriage, kinship relations, religious practice, and the dynamics of economic development and environment in local communities. At the same time, Zhifang has been conducting visual ethnographic researches, in collaboration with colleagues at University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach.

Zhifang’s research interests include kinship and family (especially changes under the conditions of modernity and postmodernity), visual anthropology, Societies in China and East Asia, economic development and rural ecology, religion and modernity, and globalization and transnational flow of people and ideas.

Recent Publications

  • Song Z. (2016) Dams and Development in China: The Moral Economy of Water and Power by Bryan Tilt. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. 280 pp.. American Anthropologist 118(4): 974-975. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aman.12786.
  • Song Z. (2013) The Colonized Thirst: Rural-Urban Divide and the Rural Drinking Water Problem in North China. The Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies 1(3): 84-91.
  • Song Z. (2012) Taping Fieldwork: Using Digital Video in Ethnographic Research. In Zhuang K; Seaman G; Song Z (Ed.), Perspectives on Visual Culture from China: Methodology, Analysis and Filmic Representions: 26-39. Beijing: Intellectual Property Publishing House.
  • Zhuang K., Seaman G. and Song Z. (2012) Perspectives on visual culture from China: Methodology, Analysis and Filmic Representions. Beijing: Intellectual Property Publishing House. iv+168.
  • Thompson L., Seaman G. and Song Z. (2002) Chinese Religions: Publications in Western Languages, Vol. 4: 1996-2000. Los Angeles: Association for Asian Studies. 197.