Emeritus Senior Lecturer
Norman Stockman is a British sociologist with a specialised interest in China. He has worked with Chinese sociologists on several collaborative research projects. These include a comparative study of women’s work and family life in China, Japan, Britain and the USA, from which the major publication was the monograph Women's Work in East and West: the Dual Burden of Employment and Family Life (with Norman Bonney and Sheng Xuewen, London: UCL Press, 1995), and a project on rural-urban migration in Shanghai. He has also written on social inequality in China, and is the author of Understanding Chinese Society (Polity Press, 2000), a general survey of the sociology of Chinese society. Now retired, his teaching included a fourth-year option course on Chinese Society, taught from 1989 to 2005. From 2000 to 2005 he also contributed to the postgraduate course leading to the Master of Chinese Studies at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is Honorary Secretary of the University of Aberdeen Chinese Studies Group, and served as Honorary Secretary of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) from September 2005 to September 2011. In 2016 he served on the panel for Classical and Modern Languages and Area Studies of the Research Evaluation exercise of the Research Council of Norway as the expert on Chinese Studies. He has acted as External Examiner at Master's and PhD level on China-related courses and dissertations at several universities.
He also has a long-standing interest in the theoretical and philosophical issues in sociology, on which his major publication is Antipositivist Theories of the Sciences (Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 1983).
"Working in No-Man's Land: Between Sociology and Chinese Studies". Invited lecture, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney, Australia, 12 March 2013.
"Working in No-Man's Land: Between Sociology and Chinese Studies". Invited lecture, Department of Asian Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 26 March 2013.
"Working in No-Man's Land: Between Sociology and Chinese Studies". Paper presented at the Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 25 July 2014.
"Working in No-Man's Land: Between Sociology and Chinese Studies". Invited lecture, Scottish Centre for China Research, University of Glasgow, 26 February 2015.