Jie Yang

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Education

  • PhD (Anthropology) University of Toronto
  • MA (Sociolinguistics) Beijing Language & Cultural University
  • BA (English Language & Literature) Shandong University, Jinan, China

Biography

Dr. Jie Yang, Associate Professor of anthropology, received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 2006. Dr. Yang’s research is at the intersection of two primary areas: linguistic anthropology and China studies. In the first area, she is interested in the analysis of how power and ideologies are embedded in and work through language and how ideologies interpellate individuals and constitute/remold subjectivities.  In the second area, Dr. Yang’s research interests focus on the aesthetic, therapeutic and neoliberal governance in contemporary China. Her two current research projects: one is China’s beauty economy, which capitalizes on the female body, feminine beauty, feminine youth, and sexuality. The other is the rise of the therapeutic in China (e.g. psychiatry, ecopsychology, counseling, social work, therapeutic consumption, therapeutic lifestyle). This project engages two areas of research on the notion of the therapeutic: one refers to a certain class of experts and the procedures they use to address psychic and physical problems; the other area of research is the modern welfare state and its ideologies, programs and policies that diagnose and normalize the marginalized groups.

Dr. Yang is currently working on two projects: an edited volume The Political Economy of Affect and Emotion in Contemporary East Asia and a monograph The Rise of the Therapeutic: Governing the New Urban Poor and the Mentally Ill in China.

Research Interests

Language; media; ideology and power; postsocialism; neoliberalism; development and environment; unemployment and urban poverty; gender and sexuality; mental health; China.

Publications include:

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Books

Mental Health in China: Change, Tradition, and Therapeutic Governance. Cambridge and New York: Polity Press, 2017.

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Unknotting the Heart: Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in China. Cornell University Press, 2015.

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2016 Hsu Book Prize. Awarded by the Society for East Asian Anthropology

The Political Economy of Affect and Emotion in East Asia.  Foreword by Sara Ahmed. London and New York: Routledge, 2014 (ed.).

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Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entry

  • 2017   “Holistic Labor: Gender, Beauty and the Wellness Industry in China.” In Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism, edited by Ana Sofia Elias, Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff, 117-131. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

  • 2014   “Introduction: Potentiality and Imagination: the Political Economy of Affect an Emotion in East Asia” In The Political Economy of Affect and Emotion in East Asia, ed. Jie Yang. Routledge.

  • 2014   “The Happiness of the Marginalized: Affect, Counseling and Self-Reflexivity in  China” InThe Political Economy of Affect and Emotion in East Asia, ed. Jie Yang. Routledge.

  • 2012   “Beauty Products and Health.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health and Society, eds. William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall and Stella Quah. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • 2011   “Renqing, Privatization and Kindly Power in Post-Mao China.”  In Along the Silk Road: Essays on  History, Literature and Culture in China, eds. Darrol Bryant, Yan Li, and Judith Maclean Miller, 102-118. Pandora Press.

  • 2011   Zuiqian ‘Deficient Mouth’: Language, Gender and Domestic Violence in Urban China.” Language and Gender: A Reader. 2nd edition, eds. Jennifer Coates and Pia Pichler, 183-192. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • 2007   “Reemployment Stars”: Language, Gender and Neoliberal Restructuring in China.  In Words, Worlds, Material Girls: Language, Gender and Global Economies, ed. Bonnie McElhinny, 73-102. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Book Reviews

  • 2014   Review of The “Specter” of the People: Urban Poverty in Northeast China by Mun Young Cho.  American Ethnologist 41(3).

  • 2014   Review of Anxious Wealth: Money and Morality Among China’s New Rich by John Osburg.  American Ethnologist 41 (4).

  • 2014   Review of A Localized Culture of Welfare: Entitlements, Stratification, and Identity in a Chinese Lineage Village by Kwok-Shing Chan.  American Anthropologist 116 (4).

Research Awards and Funding

 SSHRC Standard Research Grant  (2011-2014)
“Therapeutic Politics in China: Gender, Psychotherapy, and New Urban Poverty”

 SSHRC 4A Grant  (2009- 2010)
“Gender, Psychology and Therapeutic Authority in Contemporary China”

SSHRC Institutional Grant  (2007 - 2009)
"Governing the Urban Poverty and Mental Health Crisis in China"

SFU/President Start-up Research Grant (2007 - 2009)
"'Green Olympics, Humane Olympics': Environment and Development in China"