Gender, family and sexuality are fundamental aspects of human life, and their influences are omnipresent. The concepts of family, gender and sexuality often intersect with each other. On the one hand, family is where gender and sexuality norms are socialised and governed, but it is also where such norms are resisted, challenged and even subverted. On the other hand, diverse gender and sexuality practices challenge the meaning of ‘the family’.
This research cluster explores how the sociological meanings of family, gender and sexuality are rapidly changing, across both space and time, in the twenty-first century. It interrogates how family, gender and sexuality both shape and are shaped by social institutions. It is concerned with questions of diversity and inequality.
Faculty members in this cluster use a diverse range of research methods, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches. Sites of research include Hong Kong, the Greater China region and international comparison. We share a commitment to undertake rigorous research that produces high-standard academic scholarship that also influences policy and practice. We collaborate with local and international researchers and organisations across disciplinary boundaries.