Sally Sargeson

Dr Sally Sargeson

Senior Fellow/Associate Professor


BA (Hons), PhD

Contact details
+61 2 6125 9124
Room: 4.18
Building: Hedley Bull Building

Biographical statement

Sally Sargeson’s research is motivated by an enduring interest in the political and social construction of capitalism in China. She currently is examining the local politics of rural property reforms, focussing on land expropriation and the gendering of property rights and agency in peri-urban areas. Before taking up her position at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies in 2007, Sally Sargeson was Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. She also has held appointments at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University.

Research interests

Analyses of the ‘local state’, property rights, labour relations, and gender, policy and political economy in contemporary China.

Key publications

•‘Rural Society in Contemporary China’, in Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies (New York: Oxford University Press 2014.)

•(Co-author with Tamara Jacka and Andrew Kipnis) Contemporary China: Society and Social Change (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2013). •‘Violence as development: land expropriation and China’s urbanization’, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 40, No. 6 (2013)

•’Why women own less, and why it matters more in rural China’s urban transformation’, China Perspectives 4 (2012)

•’Villains, Victims and Aspiring Proprietors: framing ‘land-losing villagers’ in China’s strategies of accumulation’, Journal of Contemporary China 21(77), 2012. •(ed. with Tamara Jacka), Women, Gender and Rural Development in China (London: Edward Elgar, 2011)

•with Song Yu, ‘Land Expropriation and the Gender Politics of Citizenship in the Urban Frontier’, The China Journal No. 64 (2010)

•’Women’s Property, Women’s Agency in China’s “New Enclosure Movement”: Evidence from Zhejiang’, Development and Change Vol. 39, no. 4 (2008)

•’Governing Women’s Capabilities in China’s Urban Expansion’ International Feminist Journal of Politics Vol. 9, no. 2 (2007)

•Editor’s introductions, ‘Colloquium on Women and Policy and Institutional Change in Rural China’, Parts 1 & 11, Journal of Contemporary China Vol. 15, no. 49 (2006), Vol. 16, no. 50 (2007)

•’Full Circle? Rural Land Reforms in Globalizing China’ Critical Asian Studies Vol. 36, no. 4 (2004). Reprinted in G. Rodan and K. Hewison (eds.), Neoliberalism and Conflict: Asia After 9/11. (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2006)

•’Building for the Future Family’, pp. 149-168 in A. McLaren (ed.), Chinese Women and Work. (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004)

•’Subduing “The Rural House-building Craze’ ”: Attitudes Toward Housing Construction and Land Use Controls in Four Zhejiang Villages’, China Quarterly No. 172 (2002)

•(ed.) Collective Goods, Collective Futures in Asia (London: Routledge 2002)

•’Assembling Class in a Chinese Joint Venture Factory’, pp. 48-70 in J. Hutchison and A. Brown (eds.), Organising Labour in Globalising Asia (London: Routledge, 2001)

•Reworking China’s Proletariat (Houndmills: Macmillan, 1999)

•with Jian Zhang. ‘Reassessing the role of the local state: a case study of local government interventions in property rights reform in a Hangzhou district’, The China Journal No. 42 (1999).

Career highlights

Appointment as Faculty member at ANU (2007), University of Nottingham (2003-2007), University of Western Australia (2002), Murdoch University (1996-2002); Appointment as Visiting Professor, Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development, Zhejiang University (2006); receipt of various academic awards, including 2006 Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2005 British Academy Small Research Grant, 2000 Australia Research Council Small Grant and Pacific Cultural Foundation Grant, 1992 Fulbright Postgraduate Student Award and Australian Award for Research in Asia; Appointment 1997-1999 as Secretary, Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

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