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Pingyuan Cheng Associate Professor



Postdoctoral, Sociology, Nanjing University, 2007

PhD, Philosophy, Nanjing University, 2005

MA, Philosophy, Nanjing University, 2002

Training,German , Nanjing University,1999

Visiting Scholar , Beijing University, 1996

Research Interests:

Philosophical sociology (The localization of social theory)

Social structure and problems in China

Labor and migrant worker research

Research of Rural construction and Village politics

Sociology of education

Research Projects:

In 2005, I participated in the key item The Problem of Migrate Farmers In the Progress of Urbanization  funded by the National Fund of Social Sciences and completed the sub-item Leaving Homes: The Flow of Migrate Farmers Who Are Being Refuted and Exploited

In May 2006, I led a team and participated in the joint project New Countryside Investigations in China in 2006  conducted by the Department of Sociology and the School of News and Communications.

In October 2009, I participated in the investigation of The Lung Diseases of the Construction Drilling Workers in Shenzhen conducted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Social Work Research Center of Beijing University.

In July 2010, I led over 20 students from Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing University and Nanjing Agricultural University and participated in the investigation into the migrate workers of Foxconn sponsored by 20 universities from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

In June 2011 I took the project from the Ministry of Education Research on the Relationships between Capital and the New Generation of Migrate Workers.



Survey of Chinese Educational Problems        Tsinghua University press, 2013

Education: The Story Around Us               Tsinghua University press, 2015


1.An Investigation on Overseas Living Conditions of the Little International Students

The Blue Book on Education(2016)(Beijing),Social Sciences Academic Press ,2016

2.The Ghost of Capital and the Panic of Chinese EducationUS-China Cultural Review(USA),VOL.1, 2014.

3.The three major problems of education and rural relationsStudy Times,January 2015

4.National Survey on Suicide Problems of Primary and Secondary School Students in 2013The Blue Book on Education(2014)(Beijing),Social Sciences Academic Press ,2014

5.It Is to Overcome the Logic of Capital that the Essential Goal of Education Can Be Regained Chinese Cadres Tribune,9th,2013

6.Superior Justice, Village Despot, Go-getter: Three Key Words in Peasant’s Petition and Resistance, Youth Study, VOL 2, 2012.

7.Recognition Politics in the Crisis of the Chinese Society,December, 2010, Twenty First Century, Hong Kong

8.Farmers Appealing and Heavenly Justice October, 2008, Twenty First Century, Hong Kong

9.Series of Suicides in the Brilliance of Foxconn(co-authored), 2011, Hong Kong Commercial Press

10.Behind the Bars of Foxconn, Investigations into the Paramilitary System of Foxconn, the 5th issue, 2011, Youth Studies

11.Whose Responsibilities? Investigations into the Collective Dust Lungs of the Construction Workers from Zhangjiajie of Hunan in Shenzhen, the 1st Issue, 2010,ChineseWorkers( co-authored with  punngai and Yuan Shen)

12.Whose Country? No. 10, China Studies

13.The Standstill of Village Administration: Its Corruptions and the Complaints and Struggles of the Villagers No. 4, China Studies

14.The Power of Involution and its Microcosmic Analysis No.6 2007 Jianghuai Forum

15.Man Is More Free Than I Have ImaginedNo.21, The Tea House for Sociologists

16.Culture, Power and State No.3, 2005, The Sea of Studies

17.On Zhao Sengs Study of Mind No. 5, The Sea of Studies

18.The Origin of Confucian VirtuesNo.4, Confucius

19.The Development of Pre-Qin Confucian VirtuesNo.4,2007,Jiangsu Social Sciences

20.Another Discussion of the Decline of Yinzhou DynastyNo. 3, 2005, Jiangsu Social Sciences

21.Ethical Morals and Modern PluralityNo. 4,2005 New Confucius

22.The Modernity of ConfucianismNo.2 , 2001, Journal of Hainan Teachers’ College

23.Return to life itself ,The sailor and the shore, 1996, The sichuan people's publishing house


Heaven, Village-tyrant, and Talents: The Three Key Words in the Appeal of Farmers

Paper presented at the International Seminar on China Studies and the Chinese Society, Oct. 2008, Nanjing University,

Cooperation and Action: An Attempt to Fight Against Poverty

Paper presented at the International Seminar on Anti-poverty: Contributions from East Asia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, April, 2009

Morality Brought Back to the Center of Studies

Paper presented at the International Seminar on Social Transformations and Social Structural Transformations, Nanjing Normal University, August, 2009.

Encounters of Those Without Labor Contracts 

Paper presented at the 2rd Anniversary of “The Law of Labor Contracts”, Tsinghua University, January, 2010

Report on the Employment of Students by Foxconn

Paper presented at Seminar on the Deconstruction of Foxconn, Beijing University, Oct. 2010,

Students: The Labor Power of Foxconn and the New Era

Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society of Sociology in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Dec. 2010.

Pyramid in China - An Interpretation of China's development model 

Paper presented at the fourth International Conference on Chinese Society and China Studies organized by Nanjing University, and published a conferenceon February 2012.

The Process of Capitalization on Chinese Education 

Paper presented at the North American annual conference of Chinese Sociologists in New York, USA, and published a conference on August 2013.

Constructing Merit in Privatized Public Education: Survey about Private Supplementary Tutoring in the City of Nanjing in China

Paper presented at the Comparative Education Annual Meeting of North America in University of Toronto, Canada, and published a conference on April 2014.