Yunxiang Yan

Professor, Anthropology

Department: Anthropology
381 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Campus Mail Code: 155303
Phone: 310-267-4336
Fax: 310-206-7833

Keywords: China, Cultural anthropology


Socio-Cultural Anthropology


Ph.D., Harvard 1993


Economic anthropology, social change and development, family and kinship, exchange theory, peasant study, and cultural globalization.

For more on Yunxiang Yan:

Guggenheim Fellowship
Levenson Prize-winning Research
Inaugural Shanghai Global Institute



2009  The Individualization of Chinese Society. Oxford: Berg.

2003   Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999. Stanford University Press.
          Chinese translation published in 2006 by Shanghai Shudian Chubanshe.

1996 The Flow of Gifts: Reciprocity and Social Networks in a Chinese Village. Stanford University Press.

Forthcoming  Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person. What Anthropology and Psychiatry Tell Us about China Today. Coauthored. University of California Press.

Selected Recent Articles

2011  "The Individualization of the Family in Rural China." boundary 2 38.1: 203-209.

2010  "The Chinese Path to Individualization." British Journal of Sociology 61.3: 489-512.

2009  "The Good Samaritan's New Trouble: A Study of the Changing Moral Landscape in Contemporary China." Social Anthropology 17.1: 9-24.

2008  "Introduction: Understanding the Chinese Individual." European Journal of Asian Studies 7.1: 1-9.

2007  "Managing Cultural Conflicts: State Power and Alternative Globalization in China." In Helmut Anheier and Y. R. Isar (eds.), Conflicts and Tensions. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.