Chair Professor Social Sciences Center

Dr. Yongming ZHOU graduated from the Chinese Department of Nanjing University in 1984 and received his doctoral degree at Duke University in 1997. He has been a tenured Professor of Anthropology at University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1999. The main research areas are media anthropology and historical anthropology.

Professor Zhou Yongming is famous for discovering unique research perspectives and opening up new research fields at home and abroad. In 1999, he published his first English monograph, The Anti-Drug Crusades in China in the Twentieth Century China: History, Nationalism and State Building, based on his doctoral dissertation. It focused on the discussion of drugs (especially opium) as a special symbol, closely related to modern Chinese history and nationalism. In this context, how is the anti-drug movement used by different rulers to serve the purpose of national construction? This book is the earliest English monograph on the drug problem in China in the 20th century. A chapter on the anti-drug campaign in the early 1950s was published with great influence. The Chinese version of the book was published by the Commercial Press in 2016.

The second English monograph entitled Historicizing Online Politics: Telegraphy, the Internet and Political Participation in China, published by the Stanford University Press in 2006, further established Professor Zhou Yongming’s position in the field of Anthropology and Chinese Studies. From a historical and comparative perspective, starting with the introduction of the new technology of telegraph into China at the end of the nineteenth century, the author describes in depth how the social elite at that time used the special form of “public telegraph” to mobilize people and participate in politics, illuminating the influence of the Internet on political participation today. The book has been widely noticed and well received. The Chinese version was published by the Commercial Press in 2013.

Professor Zhou Yongming’s recent work focuses on globalization and its impact on Southwest China. Funded by the National Science Foundation of the United States and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, his team has studied the impact of large-scale road construction on the ethnic economy, culture and ecological environment. Professor Zhou Yongming’s “roadology” research has received more and more positive responses in the international scholarly community. Now it has formed an interdisciplinary research team with members from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Professor Zhou Yongming is active in international academia. He served as a visiting fellow at the Needham Institute in Cambridge, UK, and East Asia Institute of the National University of Singapore. He was elected President of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs in 2012. He also served as a fellow at the Wilson Center for International Scholars, a well-known think tank in the United States (2001-2002).

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Cultural Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Globalization, Roadology (Road Studies)


Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Ethnographic Films and Cultural Diversity

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——Scholarly Books——

2016 A History of China’s Anti-Drug Campaigns in Twentieth Century. Beijing: The Commercial Press (in Chinese)

2013 Telegraphy, Newspapers, and Politics in Late Qing. Beijing: The Commercial Press (in Chinese)

2006 Historicizing Online Politics: Telegraphy, the Internet and Political Participation in China. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

1999 Anti-Drug Crusades in Twentieth-Century China: Nationalism, History and State Building. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

——Edited Volumes——

2016 Roadology: Space, Culture and Roads. Chongqing: Chongqing University Press. (in Chinese)

2016 Chinese Anthropology. Beijing: The Commercial Press. (in Chinese)

——Journal articles and book chapters——

2015 Shifting Landscapes of Sutra Streamer in Kham. Twenty First Century Bimonthly, Chinese University of Hong Kong, vol. 149 (June): 102-13.

2015 Sino-Tibetan Highways from the Perspective of Roadology. Twenty First Century Bimonthly, Chinese University of Hong Kong, vol. 148 (April): 11-23.

2013 “Branding Tengchong: Globalization, Road Building and Spatial Reconfigurations in Yunnan, Southwest China” in Tami Blumenfield and Helaine Silverman eds. Heritage Politics in China: Producing Identity, Contesting Authority, De-marginalizing Borderlands. New York: Springer, pp. 247-59.

2012 Rebuilding the Stilwell Road: Globalization and Spatial Boxing Out in Southwest China.Twenty First Century Bimonthly, Chinese University of Hong Kong, vol. 132 (August): 66-76.

2010 “How Our Village Becomes “Eco-cultural”? Change, Resilience,

and Social Capital in Southwest China Minority Communities” in William Ascher and Jay Heffron eds. Cultural Change and Persistence: New Perspectives on Development. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.133-46.

2010 Study of Roads and ‘Roadology’. Twenty First Century Bimonthly, Chinese University of Hong Kong, vol. 120 (August): 71-79.

2010 An Unhappy History of “Happiness” in China. Twenty First Century Bimonthly, Chinese University of Hong Kong, vol. 121 (October): 34-38.

2009 "Negotiating Power Online: The Party State, Intellectuals, and the Internet" In Andrew Kipnis, Luigi Tomba, and Jonathan Unger eds. Contemporary Chinese Society and Politics (reprint), Vol. 3: 155 -

80.London and New York: Routledge.

2009 The Internet and Democracy: Politicizing Chinese Internet Studies in the West. Twenty First Century Bimonthly, Chinese University of Hong Kong, vol. 112 (April): 4-12.

2008 “Privatizing Control: Internet Cafés in China” In Li Zhang and Aihwa Ong eds. Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar. Ithaca, NY: Connell University Press, pp. 214-29.

2006 Privatizing Control and the Context of Information Reception. Twenty First Century Bimonthly, Chinese University of Hong Kong, vol. 95

(June): 28-35.

2005 Living on the Cyber Border: “Minjian” Political Writers in Chinese Cyberspace. Current Anthropology, Vol. 46 (5): 779-803.

2005 Informed Nationalism: Military Websites in Chinese Cyberspace. The Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 14 (44): 543-62.

2001 Anti-Drug Campaigns and State Building: China’s Experiences in the 1950s. CAHIERS D’ETUDES SUR LA MEDITERRANEE ORIENTALE ET LE MONDE TURCO-IRANNIEN (CEMOTI), NO. 32: 233-56.

2000 Social Capital and Power: Entrepreneurial Elite and the State in Contemporary China. Policy Sciences, Vol. 33, Nos. 3 & 4, 323-40.

Reprinted in the volume Social Capital as a Policy Resource. eds. John D. Montgomery and Alex Inkeles (Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001): 97-114.

Reprinted in the volume Contemporary China Studies – Economy and Societyed.Tak-Wing Ngo (London: SAGE Publications, 2011)

2000 China’s Anti-Drug Campaign in the Reform-Era. (East Asian Institute Contemporary China Series, No. 26) Singapore: Singapore University Press.

2000 Nationalism, Identity and State Building: The Antidrug Crusade in the People’s Republic, 1949-1952. eds. Timothy Brook and Bob Wakabayashi, Opium Regimes: China, Britain, and Japan, 1839-1952. (Berkeley: University of California Press), 380-403.

1989 Ethnocentrism and Comparative Literature Studies. ed. Qian Linsheng, The Relationship between Chinese and Foreign Literatures (Nanjing: Nanjing University Press), pp. 410-42.

1988 Jigong as a Cultural Symbol. Tribune of Folklore (2), pp. 45-50.

1987 On Archetype. Literature & Art Studies (5), pp. 111-22.

1987 “The Northern Rivers” and Farther Archetype. Literature & Art Review, (1), pp. 63-68.

1986 The Integrative Trend of Contemporary Western Literary Criticism. Literature & Art Studies (6), pp. 116-24.

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