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Assoc. Prof. Xiaoying Qi Name: Assoc. Prof. Xiaoying Qi
Associate Professor
+613 9230 8595
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
Social Sciences (VIC)
Arts Precinct(Bldg.412 - 34-36 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 1-Room1.02
Biographical Information

Associate Professor Xiaoying Qi was awarded a PhD from the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Her thesis won the Jean Martin Award of The Australian Sociological Association, given biennially to 'the best PhD thesis in social science disciplines from an Australian tertiary institution'. Her most recent book, Entrepreneurs in Contemporary China, is published by Cambridge University Press. A previous book, Remaking Families in Contemporary China (Oxford University Press, 2021) won the Stephen Crook Memorial Prize of the Australian Sociological Association. An earlier book, Globalized Knowledge Flows and Chinese Social Theory (London & New York: Routledge, 2014), was awarded The Raewyn Connell Prize Special Commendation of The Australian Sociological Association. Qi has published articles in leading international journals, including American Journal of Cultural SociologyBritish Journal of SociologyCurrent SociologyInternational SociologyJournal of SociologySociological Review and Sociology. Research innovation is evidenced in Qi's introduction of analytical concepts in sociology, including 'intellectual entrepreneurs', 'paradoxical integration', and 'veiled patriarchy'.




Selected publications

Single-author Books

Qi, Xiaoying. (2023) Entrepreneurs in Contemporary China: Wealth, Connections, and Crisis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Qi, Xiaoying. (2021) Remaking Families in Contemporary China. New York: Oxford University Press.

[winner of the Stephen Crook Memorial Prize of The Australian Sociological Association in 2022]


Qi, Xiaoying. (2014) Globalized Knowledge Flows and Chinese Social Theory. London and New York: Routledge.

[winner of The Raewyn Connell Prize Special Commendation of The Australian Sociological Association]


Edited Collection

Qi, Xiaoying. (2016) (guest editor). Special issue: Chinese Sociology, Sociology of China. Journal of Sociology 52(1).


Articles in Refereed Journals

Qi, Xiaoying. (2022) Trust Upset: Redefining the Terms of Trust in Maintaining Exchange Relations. Sociological Review 70(3): 599-615.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2022) Social Networks as Contexts, for Engagement and Initiative: An Empirical Investigation. Current Sociology 70(3): 436-453.  

Qi, Xiaoying. (2021) Aging in Contemporary China: The Ziran Approach. Journal of Gender Studies 30(5): 584-595. 

Qi, Xiaoying. (2018) Floating Grandparents: Rethinking Family Obligation and Intergenerational Support. International Sociology 33(6) 761-777.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2018) Neo-traditional Child Surnaming in Contemporary China: Women&rsquos Rights as Veiled Patriarchy. Sociology 52(5): 1001-1016.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2017) Social Movements in China: Augmenting Mainstream Theory with Guanxi. Sociology 51(1): 111-126.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2017) Reconstructing the Concept of Face in Cultural Sociology: In Goffman&rsquos Footsteps, Following the Chinese Case. Journal of Chinese Sociology 4: 1-19.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2016) Family Bond and Family Obligation: Continuity and Transformation. Journal of Sociology 52(1): 39-52.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2016) Sociology in China, Sociology of China: Editor&rsquos Introduction. Journal of Sociology 52(1): 3-8.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2015) Filial Obligation in Contemporary China: Evolution of the Culture-System. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 45(1): 141-161.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2013) Intellectual Entrepreneurs and the Diffusion of Ideas: Two Historical Cases of Knowledge Flow. American Journal of Cultural Sociology 1(3): 346-372.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2013) Guanxi, Social Capital Theory and Beyond: Toward a Globalized Social Science. British Journal of Sociology 64(2): 308-324.     

Qi, Xiaoying (with Barbalet, Jack). (2013) The Paradox of Power: Conceptions of Power and the Relations of Reason and Emotion in European and Chinese Culture. Journal of Political Power 6(3): 405-418.                             

Qi, Xiaoying. (2012) A Case Study of Globalized Knowledge Flow: Guanxi in Social Science and Management Theory. International Sociology 27(6): 707-723.                             

Qi, Xiaoying. (2011) Face: A Chinese Concept in a Global Sociology. Journal of Sociology 47(3): 279-296.


Book Chapters

Qi, Xiaoying. (2021) Floating Grandparents. Pp. 103&ndash122 in Chinese Families Upside Down: Intergenerational Dynamics and Neo-Familism in the Early 21st Century, edited by Yunxiang Yan. Leiden: Brill.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2018) Social Capital. Pp. 2125-2127 in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by B Turner et al. London: Wiley Blackwell.

Qi, Xiaoying. (2016) Globalized Higher Education. Pp 328-343 in The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies, 2nd edition, edited by Bryan Turner and Robert Holton. London & New York: Routledge.

Qi, Xiaoying (with Barbalet, J.) (2015) The Paradox of Power. Pp. 51-64 in Power and Emotion, edited by Jonathan G. Heaney and Helena Flam. London: Routledge.

Qi, Xiaoying (with Qi, R.) (2013) Foreign Language Education. Pp. 249-257 in Education in China: Educational History, Models, and Initiatives, edited by Qiang Zha. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group.







Research Interests:

Family and family change

Economic relations

Social networks and social capital





Contemporary China


Selected Funded Research Projects

2023-2026 Small Business Entrepreneurs, Crisis and Resilience.  [Project Director]

2017-2020 Floating Grandparents in China's Internal Migration.  [Principal Investigator]



Awards and Distinctions
2022  Stephen Crook Memorial Prize of the Australian Sociological Association [A biennial award for the best authored monograph in sociology published in the previous two years]
2016  The Raewyn Connell Prize Special Commendation of The Australian Sociological Association [In recognition of excellence of a first book by an author in Australian Sociology 2014-2015]. 
2013 The Jean Martin Award of The Australian Sociological Association. [A biennial award for the 'Best PhD Sociology Thesis in Australia'].
2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded by the Office of Teaching and Learning, Australian National Awards for University Teaching.  
2011 College of Arts Teaching Excellence Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, UWS. 
2010 Australian Postgraduate Award and Alumni Scholarship (2010-2013), University of Sydney (not taken up for personal reasons).
2008-2011 UWS Post-graduate Scholarship (full award).

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