Hans Steinmüller is a specialist in the anthropology of China.
He has conducted long-term fieldwork in the Enshi region of Hubei Province in central China, focusing on family, work, ritual, and the local state. The main object of his research is the
ethics of everyday life in rural China, but he has also written
on topics such as gambling, rural development, and Chinese geomancy (fengshui). Hans is the convenor of the MSc programme 'China in Comparative Perspective'.
2016. with Susanne Brandtstädter (eds). Irony, cynicism and the Chinese state.
2015. "Father Mao" and the Country-Family: Mixed Feelings for Fathers, Officials, and Leaders in China. Social Analysis 59:4, 83-100.
2015 with Tan Tongxue. Like a virgin? Hymen restoration operations in contemporary China. Anthropology Today 31:2, 15-18.
2014. A minimal definition of cynicism: everyday social criticism and some meanings of ‘Life’ in contemporary China. Anthropology of This Century 11.
2013. Le savoir-rire en Chine. [Learn to Laugh. Complicit Smiles in China], Terrain 61, 40-43.
2013. Communities of Complicity. Everyday Ethics in Rural China. New York: Berghahn.
2013. The Ethics of Irony: Work, Family and Fatherland in Rural China. In Charles Stafford (ed.) Ordinary ethics in China today. London: Berg, pp 133-153.
2011. The Reflective Peephole Method: Ruralism and Awkwardness in the Ethnography of Rural China. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 22: 2, 220-235.
2011. The State of Irony in Rural China. Critique of Anthropology 31:1, 21-42.
2011. The Moving Boundaries of Social Heat. Gambling in Rural China. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17:2, 263-280.
2011 with Wu Fei. School killings in China: society or wilderness? Anthropology today 27:1, 10-13.
2010. How Popular Confucianism Became Embarrassing: On the Spatial and Moral Centre of the House in Rural China. Focaal: journal of global and historical anthropology 58, 81-96.
2010. Communities of Complicity: Notes on State Formation and Local Sociality in Rural China. American Ethnologist 37:3, 539-549.