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Professor Charles Stafford

staffordCharles Stafford is a specialist in the anthropology of China and Taiwan, and in the anthropology of learning and cognition. His research has focused primarily on child development, kinship and religion, morality and ethics, and economic psychology. Along with his colleague Rita Astuti, he is currently working on issues related to the general problem of human cooperation. How and why do humans cooperate with each other? What are the psychological and social building blocks that make cooperation possible?

Professor Stafford's first major fieldwork project was conducted in the late 1980s in a Taiwanese fishing community where he examined child development through the lens of nationalist schooling and Taiwanese popular religion. This resulted in his monograph, The roads of Chinese childhood (Cambridge 1995). In the early 1990s he began to conduct research in mainland China on issues related to kinship, religion, and Chinese historical consciousness. He became especially interested in rituals and practices related to "separation" and "reunion," which help to structure the flow of social life in rural communities - see his Separation and reunion in modern China (Cambridge 2000).

More recently, his work has focused on the intersection between everyday moral/ethical life and economic psychology. His most recent book is Ordinary ethics in China (Bloomsbury 2013), and he also has a forthcoming book entitled Logic and emotion and Chinese economic life, scheduled for publication in 2016. Meanwhile, Professor Stafford has been directing a new collaborative research project based on fieldwork in the rural American heartland on "Cooperation within families and inequality between families".

Publications: 

Stafford, Charles (2013) Introduction: ordinary ethics in China today| In: Stafford, Charles, (ed.) Ordinary Ethics in China Today. LSE monographs on social anthropology. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9780857854599

Stafford, Charles (2013) Some good and bad people in the countryside| In: Stafford, Charles, (ed.) Ordinary Ethics in China. LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology Series . Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9780857854599

Stafford, Charles, ed (2013) Ordinary ethics in China| LSE monographs on social anthropology. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9780857854599

Stafford, Charles (2012) Misfortune and what can be done about it: a Taiwanese case study| Social Analysis, 56 (2). 90-102. ISSN 0155-977X

Stafford, Charles (2011) Living with the economists. Anthropology of this century (1).|

Stafford, Charles (2011) Book review: What Confucius would make of it: governing educational desire: culture, politics and schooling in China By Andrew Kipnis and drink water, but remember the source: moral discourse in a Chinese village By Ellen Oxfeld| Anthropology of This Century, 2. ISSN 2047-6345

Stafford, Charles (2010) Some qualitative mathematics in China| Anthropological Theory, 10 (1-2). 81-86. ISSN 1463-4996

Stafford, Charles (2010) The punishment of ethical behaviour. In: Lambek, Michael, (ed.) Ordinary ethics: anthropology, language, and action. Fordham University Press, New York, UK, pp. 187-206. ISBN 9780823233175| In: , (ed.) Ordinary ethics: anthropology, language, and action. Fordham University Press, New York, UK, pp. 187-206. ISBN 9780823233175

Stafford, Charles (2010) Some qualitative mathematics in China. Anthropological theory, 10 (1-2). pp. 81-86. ISSN 1463-4996| , 10 (1-2). pp. 81-86. ISSN 1463-4996

Stafford, Charles (2009) Numbers and the natural history of imagining the self in Taiwan and China. Ethnos, 74 (1). 110-126 . ISSN 0014-1844| , 74 (1). 110-126 . ISSN 0014-1844

Stafford, Charles (2008) Actually existing Chinese matriarchy. In: Brandtstädter, Susanne and Santos, Gonçalo D., (eds.) Chinese kinship: contemporary anthropological perspectives. Routledge Contemporary China Series . Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, UK, pp. 137-153. ISBN 9780415456975| In: and , (eds.) Chinese kinship: contemporary anthropological perspectives. Routledge Contemporary China Series . Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, UK, pp. 137-153. ISBN 9780415456975

Stafford, Charles (2008) Linguistic and cultural variables in the psychology of numeracy. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 (s1). pp. 128-141. ISSN 1359-0987| , 14 (s1). pp. 128-141. ISSN 1359-0987

Stafford, Charles and Astuti, Rita and Parry, J. P, eds. (2007) Questions of anthropology.| London School of Economics monographs on social anthropology, 76 . Berg, London, UK. ISBN 9781845207496

Stafford, Charles (2007) What is going to happen next? In: Astuti, Rita and Parry, Jonathan and Stafford, Charles, (eds.) Questions of anthropology. London School of Economics monographs on social anthropology (76). Berg, Oxford, UK, pp. 55-76. ISBN 9781845207489| In: and and , (eds.) Questions of anthropology. London School of Economics monographs on social anthropology (76). Berg, Oxford, UK, pp. 55-76. ISBN 9781845207489

Stafford, Charles (2007) What is interesting about Chinese religion. In: Sarro, Ramon and Berliner, David, (eds.) Learning religion: anthropological approaches. Methodology and history in anthropology,Vol.17 . Berghahn Books, Oxford, UK, pp. 177-190. ISBN 9781845453749| In: and , (eds.) Learning religion: anthropological approaches. Methodology and history in anthropology,Vol.17 . Berghahn Books, Oxford, UK, pp. 177-190. ISBN 9781845453749

Stafford, Charles (2006) Deception, corruption and the Chinese ritual economy| In: Latham, Kevin and Thompson, Stuart and Klein, Jacob, (eds.) Consuming China: Approaches to Cultural Change in Contemporary China. ConsumAsian series. Routledge, London, UK, 42-55. ISBN 9780700714025

Stafford, Charles (2004) Introduction: Learning and economic agency in China and Taiwan. Taiwan journal of anthropology, 2 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1727-1878| , 2 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1727-1878

Stafford, Charles (2004) Two stories of learning and economic agency in Yunnan. Taiwan journal of anthropology, 2 (1). pp. 171-194. ISSN 1727-1878| , 2 (1). pp. 171-194. ISSN 1727-1878

Stafford, Charles (2003) Language and numerical learning in rural China and Taiwan. Terrain, 40 . pp. 65-80. ISSN 1777-5450| , 40 . pp. 65-80. ISSN 1777-5450

Stafford, Charles (2003) Living with separation in China: anthropological accounts. RoutledgeCurzon, New York, US. ISBN 0415305713| RoutledgeCurzon, New York, US. ISBN 0415305713

Stafford, Charles (2000) Chinese patriliny and the cycles of Yang and Laiwang. In: Carsten, Janet, (ed.) Cultures of relatedness: new approaches to the study of kinship. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 35-54. ISBN 9780521656276| In: , (ed.) Cultures of relatedness: new approaches to the study of kinship. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 35-54. ISBN 9780521656276

Stafford, Charles (2000) Separation and reunion in modern China. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521784344| Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521784344

Stafford, Charles (1999) Separation, reunion and the Chinese attachment to place. In: Internal and international migration: Chinese perspectives. Chinese worlds,Vol. 1 . Curzon Press, London. ISBN 9780700710768| In: Internal and international migration: Chinese perspectives. Chinese worlds,Vol. 1 . Curzon Press, London. ISBN 9780700710768

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