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The Australian National University

Professor Andrew Kipnis

MA, PhD (Sociocultural Anthropology)
Professor, Department of Anthropology, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 6125-3047

Areas of expertise

  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Social Theory 160806
  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Anthropology 1601
  • Other Studies In Human Society 1699
  • Other Education 1399

Research interests

Anthropology of governing; urbanisation; postsocialism and postsocialist societies; anthropology of education; processes of subjectification; kinship and gender; language and culture; China; East Asia; USA


My research involves social, cultural and political change in contemporary China. I am currently working on several projects, including a comparative study of urbanization, kinship and the commercialization of ritual and a book on urbanization in a mid-sized city in Shandong. I have recently completed an edited volume titled Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche and a textbook on Contemporary Chinese Society. I have also written books on educational desire and governing, a book on the implications for anthropological theory of issues that arise in the governing of socialist states and a book on patterns of gift giving and social exchange in rural China.  From 2006-2015 I was co-editor of The China Journal.


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  20 August 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers