Kevin Carrico


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Kevin Carrico is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Monash University and currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow. Kevin is a sociocultural anthropologist who researches nationalism, ethnic relations, and political culture in China, Tibet, and Hong Kong.

He is the author of The Great Han: Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today (University of California Press, 2017) and the translator of Tsering Woeser's Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations against Chinese Rule (Verso Press, 2016). He is currently completing a manuscript on China-Hong Kong relations and the emergence of a Hong Kong independence movement. 

Kevin's articles have been published in the China Journal, Nations and Nationalism, Hong Kong Studies, and Asian Cinema. Outside of academia, Kevin's writings have been featured in Foreign Policy, the Age, Hong Kong Free Press, Taipei Times, Voice of Tibet, China Brief, and Anthropology News.

His research has also been featured very prominently in the Beijing-owned Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po.

Kevin is accepting PhD students with compatible research interests.

Research interests

-nationalism, racism, and ethnic tensions in China

-constructions of tradition in China

-Hong Kong political culture and independence activism

-Tibetan Buddhism

-psychoanalytical anthropology

-Luhmann and social systems theory

-anthropology of anthropology

-spheres theory

Education/Academic qualification

Sociocultural Anthropology, PhD, Cornell University

Award Date: 15 Aug 2013

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Research Output

Seeing Sansha: The political aesthetics of a south China sea settlement

Carrico, K., 1 Mar 2020, In : Critical Inquiry. 46, 3, p. 647-664 19 p.

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Thinking Through the Untranslatable

Carrico, K., 2020, Writing Anthropology: Essays on Craft and Commitment. McGranahan, C. (ed.). Durham NC USA: Duke University Press, p. 266-269 4 p.

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Legal Malware: Hong Kong's National Anthem Ordinance

Carrico, K., 28 Mar 2019, Hong Kong Watch. 24 p.

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One Family's Story

Carrico, K. & Ding, Z., 1 Jul 2019, In : Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. 44

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Seeing (Exactly) Like a State: Knowledge/Power in the Beijing–Hong Kong Relationship

Carrico, K., Apr 2019, In : Hong Kong Studies. 2, 1, 17 p.

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Open Access

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I mastered Xi Jinping thought, and I have the certificate to prove it

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Weaponized narratives are a threat to open societies

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China Studies between censorship and self-censorship

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A tale of two publishers: is censorship the new normal?

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