2017 with Stephan Feuchtwang. China in comparative perspective. London: World Scientific.
2017 with Susanne Brandtstädter (eds.). Popular politics and the quest for justice in contemporary China. London: Routledge.
2016. with Susanne Brandtstädter (eds). Irony, cynicism and the Chinese state. London: Routledge.
2013. Communities of Complicity. Everyday Ethics in Rural China. New York: Berghahn.
2021. Shanzhai: creative imitation of China in highland Myanmar. positions: asia critique
2021. Para-nationalism: Sovereignty and authenticity in the Wa State of Myanmar. Nations and Nationalism 27:3, 880-894.
2021. with Jiazhi Fengjiang. Leadership Programmes: Success, Self-improvement, and Relationship Management among New Middle-class Chinese. Ethnos
2021. Pioneers of the plantation economy: Militarism, dispossession, and the limits of growth in the Wa State of Myanmar. Social Anthropology
2020. with Natalia Buitron. Les fins de l’égalitarisme, translated by Arianne Dorval, L’Homme 236, 5-44; published in English as The Ends of Egalitarianism, L’Homme 236, i-xxxvi.
2020. with Andrew Ong. Communities of Care: public donations, development assistance, and independent philanthropy in the Wa State of Myanmar. Critique of Anthropology
2020. The Moral Economy of Militarism: peasant village, military state, and Chinese capitalism in the Wa Region of Myanmar. Social Anthropology 28:1, 121-135.
2020. Social transformation in rural China. In Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society, edited by Kevin Latham, 161-173, London: Routledge.
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.
2017. Maoist militarism in the Wa hills of Burma, 1947-1989. In Körper Technik Wissen: Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks, edited by Markus Verne, Paola Ivanov, and Magnus Treiber, 455-476, Berlin: LIT Verlag.
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. Terrain 61, 40-43.
2013. The Ethics of Irony: Work, Family and Fatherland in Rural China. In Ordinary ethics in China today, edited by Charles Stafford, 133-153, London: Berg.
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.