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30-11-2016

著作:

《龍眼志:中國新型社區的嶺南標本》— 李秀國

基於對華南地區家族文化和工業化關係的興趣,香港樹仁大學社會學系助理教授李秀國博士多年來對廣東東莞龍眼村落進行持續的調查研究,運用民族志方法,深入東莞虎門鎮龍眼村進行長期深入的實地觀察和訪談,並撰寫人類學的深描性作品,研究成果記錄在他的著作《龍眼志:中國新型社區的嶺南標本》。

書中除詳細描述龍眼村的宗族文化外,也道出宗族文化在工業化、城鎮化和現代化新型社區的多重影響下,經歷了什麼自身調適和演變。

李博士指出,他在著作中敘述了龍眼村居民的日常生活、近30年來的變遷及新型社區的建設過程,也談及居民如何遵從社會規則及共用社會資源。他也關注在新舊兩種不同生活方式的共存下,現代文明的各種要素,是如何在龍眼村這個新型社區中擴散,以及如何影響居民們的價值觀念。

「我是由最基層的村落著手, 展現一個經歷現代中國演變轉型的嶺南鄉土的在地標本。」李博士說。

李博士他又表示,在研究和撰述時,他努力尋求與人類學家和多種社會文化理論的對話,希望研究結果可供人類學和區域研究者參考。

談及整項研究的感受時,李博士說,最難忘的是樹仁一批同學參與了龍眼村的田野工作。2010年暑期,該研究課題招募田野研究助理到龍眼村進行實地調查與體驗,當時同學反應熱烈,經過面試後挑選了20多位同學參與。同學們在村民的果園採摘荔枝,在文化廣場跳交誼舞,到居民家和企業廠房參訪和訪談,感受很深。正如在書的後記所說:「多數同學在田野中對人類學研究表現出的好奇、困惑與熱情,給我留下了美好與深刻的印象。 這些印象值得我們一齊珍藏。 」

 

著作:

Psychology in Asia – An introduction — Catherine Tien-Lun SUN

 

Professor Catherine SUN, author of Psychology in Asia – An introduction, aims to provide an introductory text to students on psychology and research in psychology in Asia.

Professor SUN is the Professor of the Department of Counselling & Psychology and Academic Vice President of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She said Psychology in Asia – An Introduction is an introductory level textbook on psychology and human behaviour with an Asian focus, especially Chinese. The book discusses topics and themes of psychology with Asian examples and thus culturally relevant to students. Moreover, it connects to the Asian culture and history, which helps students to familiarize themselves with and to understand the cultural difference between Asia and western countries.

To publish this kind of textbook is a realization of Professor Sun’s cherished dream.

“Textbook from foreign countries always focus on western culture. For example, ‘self-assertiveness’ was an important theory in 80s and 90s. However, it was not applicable to Chinese since Chinese attached importance to filial piety, and it would appear unfilial to assert one’s own wishes above that of one’s parents. Another example is the emphasis that Asian cultures placed on spirituality. For instance, Chinese would arrange funeral with different religious ceremonies such as ‘Breaking the doors to hell’ from Daosim together with Buddhist chanting, and even today parents still believe that drinking amulet water can dissipate the anxiety of children. Including these examples in the text is instrumental in helping students of psychology understand the affective, behavioural and cognitive differences between Asian and European people.” Professor SUN said.

Professor SUN believes that with useful resources such as research examples in both Asian and western countries, references to different places and study questions, the book can benefit students’ understanding of psychology.

 

著作:

Construction Safety and Waste management – An Economic Analysis — Rita Yi Man LI

Construction Safety – Rita Yi Man LI and Sun Wah POON

 

In Construction Safety and Waste Management – An Economic Analysis, Dr. Rita LI sheds light on construction safety problems and measures from an economist’s perspectives. She said information and communication technology improves day by day, mobile and various automated technology not only economizes our resources but also changes the facade of construction industry. Gone are the days when heaps of workers are skeptical in using smart phones, many of them jump on the bandwagon. Beyond doubt, it affects the channels of and transaction costs in safety knowledge sharing.

In Construction Safety, Dr. LI sketches construction accidents on sites, compares and contrasts the safety measures in developed and developing countries. She also discusses the compensation costs in Hong Kong and United Kingdom’s court cases.

Dr LI said even though most of us outside the ivory towers are of the view that research is dull and monotonous, she found that it is one of the most interesting tasks as we can identify the culture differences in different regions. For examples, most of the construction sites in Paris post pictures of buildings to be built outside construction sites, significantly increase the artistic values of construction sites. That arrangement, however, seldom happen in other places.

 

來源:2016年11月號

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