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Wes joined the Department of Sociology at the University of York in 2013. Prior to this, he worked in the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University and the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.
Wes did his first degree in Media and Cultural Studies at Lancaster University (2005), where he developed an interest in interdisciplinary approach to Sociology and Cultural Studies. He then moved to the University of Birmingham to complete a MA in International Studies - International Political Economy (2006), followed by a PhD in Sociology (2010), where he developed his research in the studies of men and masculinities, family and intimacy, age and generation in relation to changing family relations in light of migration.
Wes has an ongoing research interest in the sociological studies of gender, men and masculinities, and food.
A central theme of his research is to highlight the importance of culture in understanding identity formation in the context of changing work and family life as a result of migration in China. Through engagement with traditional cultural values in relation to the family, such as filial piety, Confucian father-son relations, guanxi networks, and mianzi (face), as important resources for migrant men’s identity formation, his research critically deploys western analytical frameworks, such as ‘Bourdieusian class analysis’, to address the intersection of different forms of power. His work argues for the need to hold onto the productive tension between materialist and post-structuralist accounts of these men’s migrating experiences.
His research aims to break new ground in exploring a greater understanding of global men from a Chinese perspective through the study of Chinese internal and transnational male migrants. From an international perspective, his research develops a theoretical discussion of ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’, particularly regarding issues of self, intimacy and individualization within a late modernity framework.
Wes is currently studying the role of food in older adults' everyday life. Through the lens of ‘yang sheng’ (养生 life nurturing), his study aims to tease out the historical, social and cultural meanings within the older adults’ food practices and the meanings of 'care' that are beyond individual choices in relation to health.
Wes' current project (with Professor Sarah Nettlton) is entitled - 'The Role of Food in Older Adults’ Everyday Life: A Collaborative Initiative with Marks & Spencer'. The proejct is funded by the ESRC IAA/Business Boost Grant. The project aims to understand the meanings of older adults’ everyday practices in relation to food consumption in light of changing families and personal relations.
Gender, Sexuality and Inequalities Research Cluster (Convenor)
Culture, Values and Practices Research Cluster (Member)
Wes welcomes PhD applications to study the following areas:
Lin, X. et al. (2017) East Asian Men: Masculinity, Sexuality and Desire. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (with C. Haywood and M. Mac an Ghaill)(http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137556332)
Lin, X. (2013) Gender, Modernity and Male Migrant Workers in China: Becoming a ‘modern’ man. London: Routledge (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415626576/) Finalist of the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2014, for the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology
Lin, X. (2017 paperback edition) Gender, Modernity and Male Migrant Workers in China: Becoming a ‘modern’ man. London: Routledge
Lin, X. (2019) Young Rural-Urban Migrant Fathers in China: Everyday ‘China Dream’ and the Negotiation of Masculinity. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/18902138.2019.1574140 (online first)
Lin, X. (2018) Yang Sheng, Care and Changing Family Relations in China: about a ‘Left Behind’ Mother’s Diet. Families, Relationships and Societies, DOI: 10.1332/204674318X15384073468565 (online first)
Lin, X, Zhu, M & Nettleton, S. (2017) 'Enduring ‘Care’ and the Shifting Cultural Meanings of Convenience Food', Discover Society, 51 06 December.
Lin, X. & M. Mac an Ghaill (2017) Shifting discourses from boy preference to boy crisis: educating boys and nation building in neoliberal China, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2017.1312284 (online first)
Lowe, J.; Lin, X. and M. Mac an Ghaill (2016) Student-Parent attitudes towards Filipino migrant teachers in Indonesia. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 25(3):223-244.
Lin, X. (2014) ‘Filial son’, the family, and identity formation among male migrant workers in urban China. Gender, Place and Culture 21(6):717-732.
Lin, X. & M. Mac an Ghaill (2013) Chinese male peasant workers and shifting masculine identities in urban workspaces. Gender, Work and Organization 20(5): 498-511.
Lin, X. (2010) New meanings of masculinities within Chinese migration: a reflection of tradition and modernity in contemporary Chinese society. International Journal of Current Chinese Studies. No.1, 2010, pp. 9-26.
Lin, X. (2017) (Re)-masculinizing ‘suzhi jiaoyu’ (education for quality): aspirational values of modernity in neoliberal China. In Stahl, G. et al. (eds.) Masculinity and Aspiration: International Perspectives in the Era of Neoliberal Education. London: Routledge.
Lin, X. (2017) 'Male Migrant Workers and the Negotiation of ‘Marginalized’ Masculinities in Urban China'. in C Haywood & T Johansson (eds), Marginalized Masculinities . Routledge.
Lin, X. (2016) Singleness, masculinity and heteronormativity: male migrant workers in China. In Lin, X. et al. (eds.) East Asian Men: Masculinity, Sexuality and Desire. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lin, X. (2016) ‘Filial son’, dislocated masculinity and the making of male migrant workers in urban China. In Andrea Cornwall, Nancy Lindisfarne and Frank G. Karioris (eds.) Masculinities Under Neoliberalism. London: Zed Books
Lin, X. (2015) Rural-urban migration in China: a critical understanding of informality. In K-L. Ngok & C-K Chan (eds.) China’s Social Policy: Transformation and Challenges. London: Routledge.
Lin X. (2013) Sharon F Rallis and Gretchen B Rossman, The Research Journey: Introduction to Inquiry. Qualitative Research 13(5): 627-28.
Lin, X. (2013) Matthias R Mehl and Tamlin S Conner (eds), Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life. Qualitative Research 13(4): 484-85.