Agnes Shuk-mei KU 谷淑美
PhD UCLA, 1995
Associate Professor

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Full CV
Agnes Shuk-mei Ku (Ph.D., UCLA, 1995) is Associate Professor of Social Science. She is also a Faculty Associate in the Center for Cultural Sociology of Yale University. Her research interests are cultural sociology, civil society, Hong Kong culture and politics, gender issues, and urban space in Chinese cities. She has been awarded numerous RGC grants, including for “Cultural Governance, Urban Form, and Civil Society (2005-6, HK$300,000), and “Right Discourse and Civil Society in Hong Kong” (2003-4, HK$559,000). She also won a 2022 Foundation Research Grant of HK$150,000 for “Local Identity and Political Engagement” (2004). Recent publications include Hong Kong Mobile: Making a Global Population (with Helen F. Siu), and Remaking Citizenship in Hong Kong: Community, Nation, and the Global City (with Pun Ngai).
Research Interests
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Civil Society
  • Hong Kong Culture and Politics
  • Gender Issues
  • Urban Space in Chinese Cities
Representative Publications
  • Ku, Shuk-mei. 2015. “Making Cultures and Spaces from Below – New Urban Activism in Hong Kong.” In Making Cultural Cities in Asia - Mobility, Assemblage, and the Politics of Aspirational Urbanism, edited by June Wang, Tim Oakes and Yang Yang. London: Routledge, pp.191-203.
  • 2012 “Re-making Places and Fashioning an Opposition Discourse – Struggle over the Star Ferry Pier and the Queen’s Pier in Hong Kong.” Environment and Planning D: Space and Society, Volume 30, pp.5-22.
  • 2010. “Making Heritage in Hong Kong: A Case Study of the Central Police Station Compound.” The China Quarterly Vol. 202, pp.381-399.​
  • 2009. “Contradictions in the Development of Citizenship in Hong Kong – Governance without Democracy.” Asian Survey, Vol. XLIX, #3 May/ June, pp.505-27​
  • 2008. "Civil Society's Dual Impetus – Mobilizations, Representations and Contestations over the First of July March in 2003." In Ming Sing (ed). Government and Politics in Hong Kong – Crises under Chinese Sovereignty. London: RoutledgeCurzon.
  • 2004, Remaking Citizenship in Hong Kong: Community, Nation, and the Global City. (with Ngai Pun (eds)) Routledge.
  • 2004, "Negotiating the Space of Civil Autonomy in Hong Kong - Power, Discourses, and Dramaturgical Representations." The China Quarterly, September issue.
  • 2004, "Immigration Policies, Discourses, and the Politics of Local Belonging in Hong Kong (1950-80)." Modern China, July issue.
  • 2004, "The Making and Unmaking of Civic Solidarity: Comparing the Coping Responses of Civil Societies in Hong Kong and Taiwan during the SARS Crises." (with Horng-luen Wang), Asian Perspective, 28 (1): 121-147.
  • 2002, "Beyond the Paradoxical Conception of ‘Civil Society without Citizenship.'" International Sociology, 17(4):529-548.
  • 2001, "The ‘Public' Up Against the State - Credibility Crisis and Narrative Cracks in Post-Colonial Hong Kong." Theory, Culture and Society 18 (1): 121-44.
  • 2000, "Revisiting the Notion of ‘Public' in Habermas's Theory - Towards a Theory of Politics of Public Credibility." Sociological Theory, 18 (2) pp. 216-240.
  • 1999, Narratives, Politics and the Public Sphere - Struggles over Political Reform in the Final Transitional Years in Hong Kong (1992-94). Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • 1998, "Boundary Politics in the Public Sphere - Openness, Secrecy and Leak." Sociological Theory, 16 (2): 172-192.
Forthcoming / Work In Progress
  • “Performing Civil Disobedience in Hong Kong.” In Civil Sphere in East Asia, edited by Jeffrey Alexander, David Palmer, Agnes Ku and Sunwoong Park. Cambridge University Press.
  • “Identity as Politics.” In Handbook of Hong Kong, edited by Lui T.K. et al. London: Routledge.
Courses Taught
  • SOSC 185: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOSC 313: Hong Kong Culture
  • SOSC 565: Civil Society
  • MALS 534: Hong Kong Culture and Society

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