on sabbatical leave in 2019
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Research and Teaching Interests：
My research focuses on urban life in Shanghai and Tokyo, including cuisine, nightlife, migrant communities, and urban sexual cultures. In teaching sociology at Sophia, my emphasis is developing students’ hands-on skills in qualitative research, encouraging them to use original data to write about social phenomenon while incorporating insights from previous sociological research.
- James Farrer. 2019. International Migrants in China’s Global City: The New Shanghailanders (Routledge Series on Asian Migrations).Abingdon: Routledge.
- James Farrer and Andrew David Field. 2015.Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- James Farrer (ed.). 2015.Globalization and Asian Cuisines: Transnational Networks and Contact Zones.New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- James Farrer (ed.). 2010. Globalization, Food and Social Identities in the Asia Pacific Region.Tokyo: Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture.
- James Farrer. 2002.Opening Up: Youth sex culture and market reform in Shanghai.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- James Farrer. 2019. “Happy and Unhappy Meals: Culinary Approaches to the Good Life in Shanghai” Becky Hsu and Richard Madsen (ed.) The Chinese Pursuit of Happiness: Meaning and Morality in Everyday Life. University of California Press, Ch. 4.
- James Farrer. 2019. “Red (Michelin) Stars Over China: Seeking Recognition in a Transnational Culinary Field” in Michelle King ed. Culinary Nationalism in Asia. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 193-213.
- James Farrer, Christian Hess, Mônica R. de Carvalho, Chuanfei Wang, David Wank. 2019. “Culinary Mobilities: The Multiple Globalizations of Japanese Cuisine” in Cecilia Leong-Salobir ed. Routledge Handbook of Food in Asia. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 39-57.
- James Farrer. 2019. “Culinary Globalization from Above and Below: Culinary Migrants in Urban Place Making in Shanghai” in Angela Lehmann and Pauline Leonard eds. Immigration to China in the Post-reform era: Destination PRC. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 175-199.
- *Andrew Field and James Farrer. 2018. “China's Party Kings: Shanghai Club Cultures and Status Consumption, 1920s-2010s” Dorothy Solinger ed. Polarized Cities: Portraits of the Rich and Poor in Urban China. Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield, pp.127-148.
- James Farrer. 2018. “The Decline of the Neighborhood Chinese Restaurant in Urban Japan” Jahrbuch für Kulinaristik – The German Journal of Food Studies and Hospitality, Vol. 2, pp. 197-222.
- James Farrer. 2018. “Critical Expatriate Studies: Changing expatriate communities in Asia and the blurring boundaries of expatriate identity”in Gracia Liu-Farrer and Brenda Yeoh eds. Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations. Routledge, pp.196-208.
- James Farrer. 2017. “Domesticating the Japanese Culinary Field in Shanghai” in Tine Walravens and Andreas Niehaus eds. Feeding Japan: Cultures and Politics of Food Identities Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 287-312.
- James Farrer. 2017. “Urban Foodways: A Research Agenda” in John Rennie Short ed. A Research Agenda for Cities Northhampton MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 98-110.
- James Farrer and Anna Greenspan. 2015. “Raising Cosmopolitans: Expatriate Families Navigating Shanghai's Local Schools” Global Networks 15(2): 141–160.
- James Farrer. 2015. “The Multiple Contexts of Protest: Reflections on the Reception of the MIT Visualizing Cultures Project and the Anti-Right Japanese Demonstration in Shanghai” Positions: East Asian Cultural Critique Vol. 23 Issue 1, pp. 59-90.
|Courses No||Title||2020 Semester Offered|
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL THEORY
|SOC226||THE GOOD LIFE : FROM SELF TO SOCIETY||Not Offered|
SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
|SOC439||SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER||