Dr. Elaine Y. M. CHAN 陳綺文

Honorary Associate Professor and Honorary Fellow, Centre for Civil Society and Governance. She received her BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of San Diego, and M.A. and Ph. D in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the Department, she taught research methods, Hong Kong society and politics at the Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include political culture, national identity, civil society, citizenship, and social cohesion. Currently, she is engaging in research projects on citizenship, social cohesion, social inclusion, as well as giving and volunteering in Hong Kong.

Selected Publications

  • Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan. “Social Cohesion with Asian Characteristics? Conceptual and Methodological Reflections.” In The Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed), What holds Asia Societies together? Insights from the Social Cohesion Radar. Forthcoming.
  • Elaine Chan and Joseph Chan. “Hong Kong 2007-2017: a backlash in civil society,” The Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, vol. 39, no. 2 (2017): 135-152.
  • Elaine Chan and Danny Wai-fung Lam. “Giving Hong Kong: A Growing Sector Evading Regulation,” in Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy (eds), Generous People, Generous Nations: A Comparative Study of Global Giving (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • Elaine Chan. “Are Informal Connections a Functional Alternative to Associational Life in Enhancing Social Cohesion: Findings from Hong Kong,” Social Indicators Research vol. 119, no. 2 (November 2014): 803-821.
  • Elaine Chan and Joseph Chan. “Liberal Patriotism in Hong Kong,” Journal of Contemporary China vol. 23, no. 89 (September 2014): 952-970
  • Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan, “Social Cohesion in a Semi-Democracy: the Case of Hong Kong,” in Paul Spoonley and Erin Tolley (eds), Social Cohesion (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012).
  • Elaine Chan. “Civil Society,” in Lam Wai-man, Percy Luen-tim Lui and Wilson Wong (eds), Contemporary Hong Kong Politics, 2nd ed. (Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press, 2012).
  • Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan, “Social Audits,” in Helmut K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler (eds), International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, vol. 3. (New York: Springer, 2010).
  • Elaine Chan and Joseph Chan. “Social Cohesion and Governance Problems in the Tung Chee-hwa Era,” in Political Crisis, Mobilization, and Confrontation in China’s Hong Kong. Ed. Sing Ming (UK: Routledge, 2009), pp.85-111
  • Elaine Chan and Joseph Chan. “The First Ten Years of the HKSAR: Civil Society Comes of Age,” The Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, vol. 29, no. 1 (2007): 77-99.
  • Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan, "Charting the State of Social Cohesion in Hong Kong," The China Quarterly (No. 187, September 2006): 635-658.
  • Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan, "A Confused Public? Perceptions of Universal Suffrage and Functional Representation in Hong Kong," Asian Survey Vol. 46 No. 2 (2006): 257-274.
  • Joseph Chan, Benny To, and Elaine Chan, "Reconsidering Social Cohesion: Developing a Definition and Analytical Framework for Empirical Research," Social Indicators ResearchVol.75, No. 2(2006):273-302.
  • "Beyond Pedagogy: Language and Identity in Post-Colonial Hong Kong", British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 23, no. 2 (2002), pp. 271-285.
  • (with Rowena Kwok) "Functional Representation in Hong Kong: Problems and Possibilities",International Journal of Public Administration vol. 24, no. 9 (2001), pp. 869-885.
  • "Defining Fellow Compatriots as 'Others' - National Identity in Hong Kong", Government and Opposition vol. 35, no. 4 (2000), pp. 499-519.
  • (with Rowena Kwok) "Democratization in Turmoil? Elections in Hong Kong", Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 8, no. 20 (1999), pp.47-65.
  • "Political Identity and Nation Building in Hong Kong", in Joseph Y.S. Cheng (ed.) Political Participation in Hong Kong: Theoretical Issues and Historical Legacy. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press, 1999.
  • "Structural and Symbolic Centers: Center Displacement in the 1989 Chinese Student Movement", International Sociology vol.14, no. 3 (1999), pp. 337-354.
  • "Sacredness and the Ritual Process in Collective Action: the 1989 Chinese Student Movement", Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, vol. 31, no.1 (1999), pp. 3-12.
  • "The Structure of Political Culture", in Joseph Y.S. Cheng and Law Kam-yee (eds.) New Perspective on Political Science: Western Theories and Chinese Experiences (in Chinese). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 1997.
  • (with Eric Rambo) "Text, Structure, and Action in Cultural Sociology: A Commentary on 'Positive Objectivity' in Wuthnow and Archer", Theory and Society, vol. 19 (1990), pp. 635-48.