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Subject Policy Statement - SOCIOLOGY


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seek to support research and teaching in all fields of sociology, including anthropology and criminology; societies (with special focus on Hong Kong , Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian); social problems and policy. The Collection supports the needs of undergraduate students, graduate students, PhD and post-doctorate students, faculty and researchers.

Areas of established specialization are g lobalisation and regional studies (nature and impact of globalisation, especially in the Asian region, including studies of Chinese society, Hong Kong society, overseas Chinese global network, transnationality, class, wealth and poverty, etc.); culture and media studies (media, culture and life styles of the contemporary era, including studies of Hong Kong popular culture, life styles and the body, cultural industries, modern religious practices, mass tourism, marriage and the family, gender and sexuality); social problems (social conflict, social movements and criminal justice) and policy studies.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See Classed Analysis)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for Sociology are at the research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools and scholarly series extensively; periodicals, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, VCDs, DVDs and videocassettes selectively; textbooks and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations).
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively, and earlier materials, selectively.
  3. Chronological Focus: All
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English language materials extensively and Chinese-language materials selectively. All others are collected very selectively.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect UK and North American materials extensively and other materials, selectively.