Dr. Feng-Bing is associate Professor of sociology at School of International Studies of Zhejiang University, China. She obtained her first degree in the English Language and Literature fromLuoyangForeignStudiesUniversityin 1982, did her post-graduate studies in American Studies atBeijingForeignStudiesUniversityfrom 1988 to 1990, and received her doctoral degree in Sociology from theUniversityofUlsteratJordanstown,Northern Irelandin 2004. She is the author of Ethnicity, Children & Habitus (pubished in 2005 by Peter Lang A.G. European Academic Publishers). Her current research interests include researching the relationship between group habitus and their career planning. She has had many years of cross-cultural teaching experiences in theNetherlands,Singapore,Northern IrelandandChina.

Research work

Movement and division are two prominent and contrasting themes in discourses about contemporary society. Contemporary society is often characterised as being marked by unprecedented levels of movement of people, goods and information. A different theme, however, is that of barriers and division (e.g. residential segregation, social exclusion or immigration controls). Our focus on migration and divided groups brings these two themes together in a single framework with the hope of providing insights into each of the two phenomena. This research cluster specifically examines issues of migrant groups settling down in a new cosmopolitan city, focusing particularly on how different migrant groups (i.e. migrant farmers and migrant college graduates, or returned scholars and businessmen from overseas) are adapting to their new lives in their host city. Such adapting process involves job-hunting, career promotion and everyday life experiences in the new city, including cultural convergence of tastes, lifestyles and consumer preferences. The cluster also examines how the new migrants are constructing their new roles and identities. The research cluster attempts to relate migrant groups’ life and work experiences with their cultural and social capital which might characterize migrant groups from different social backgrounds. It further explores the theoretical conceptualizations of class and social stratification.