2017 with Stephan Feuchtwang. China in Comparative Perspective. London: World Scientific.
2013. Communities of Complicity. Everyday Ethics in Rural China. New York: Berghahn.
2022 ed. with Natalia Buitron. Special Issue Governing Opacity. The Politics of Intentions and Legibility. Ethnos.
2020 ed. with Natalia Buitron. Special Issue The Ends of Egalitarianism. L’Homme 236, 5-158.
2017 ed. with Susanne Brandtstädter. Popular Politics and the Quest for Justice in Contemporary China. London: Routledge.
2016 ed. with Susanne Brandtstädter. Irony, Cynicism and the Chinese State. London: Routledge.
2022. Sovereignty as care: acquaintances, mutuality, and scale in the Wa State of Myanmar. Comparative Studies in Society and History
2022. The Aura of the Local in Chinese Anthropology: Grammars, Media and Institutions of Attention Management. Journal of Historical Sociology.
2022 with Natalia Buitron. Governing Opacity: Regimes of Intention Management and Tools of Legibility. Ethnos.
2022. State, Mind, and Legibility without Writing in the Wa State of Myanmar. Ethnos.
2022. Shanzhai: creative imitation of China in highland Myanmar. positions: asia critique.
2022 with Jiazhi Fengjiang. Leadership Programmes: Success, Self-improvement, and Relationship Management among New Middle-class Chinese. Ethnos.
2022. Grace is Incommensurability in Commensuration: The Semantics of bwan among three Generations of Wa and Lahu Prophets. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 40:1, 104-120.
2021 with Natalia Buitron. State Legibility and Mind Legibility in the Original Political Society. Religion and Society 12, 39-55.
2021. Para-nationalism: Sovereignty and authenticity in the Wa State of Myanmar. Nations and Nationalism 27:3, 880-94.
2021. Pioneers of the plantation economy: Militarism, dispossession, and the limits of growth in the Wa State of Myanmar. Social Anthropology 29:3, 686-700.
2021 with Andrew Ong. Communities of Care: Public donations, development assistance, and independent philanthropy in the Wa State of Myanmar. Critique of Anthropology 41:1, 65-87.
2020 with Natalia Buitron. The Ends of Egalitarianism. L’Homme 236, i-xxxvi.
2020. The Moral Economy of Militarism: Peasant Village, Military State, and Chinese Capitalism in the Wa Region of Myanmar. Social Anthropology 28:1, 121-35.
2019. Anthropological theory is serious play. Anthropology of This Century 25.
2019. Conscription by Capture in the Wa State of Myanmar: Acquaintances, Anonymity, Patronage, and the Rejection of Mutuality. Comparative Studies in Society and History 61:3, 508-34.
2016. Gemeinschaft, Gesellschaft, Komplizenschaft. Alltagsethik im ländlichen China. Anthropos 111:2, 619-28.
2015. Father Mao and the Country-Family: Mixed Emotions 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. Terrain 61, 40-53.
2011. The State of Irony in 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, 263-80.
2011. The Reflective Peephole Method: Ruralism and Awkwardness in the Ethnography of Rural China. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 22:2, 220-35.
2011 with Wu Fei. School killings in China: Society or Wilderness? Anthropology Today 27:1, 10-13.
2010. Communities of Complicity: Notes on State Formation and Local Sociality in Rural China. American Ethnologist 37:3, 539-49.
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.