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Ruijing Wang

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Research Interests
Social support

Ruijing WANG graduated in Sociology from China University of Political Science and Law in 2007 and obtained an MA degree in Social Anthropology from this same university in 2010. For her master project, she conducted field research among the Akha ethnic minority group in Southwest China, examining their tradition of twin infanticide to have a comprehensive understanding of local culture and society. In 2011, she joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany as a doctoral candidate affiliated to the Research Group “Kinship and Social Support in China and Vietnam”. Her PhD project focused on children and childcare among the Akha, drawing on long-term ethnographic research on local informal patterns of social support. She received her PhD degree from Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in 2016. She now works at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Chongqing University, China, and is an Associate Researcher at CIAS –Research Centre for Anthropology and Health (Research Group “Technoscience, Society, and Environment”), University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her current research interests include ethnic cosmology, kinship, marriage, care, health and support in Southwest China and Southeast Asia.


Religion and Society

Histories and Theories of Anthropology

Social Research Methods

Main Publications

Wang, Ruijing. 2021. “Good Baby, Good Life: Exploring a New Akha Way of Life Free from Abnormal Birth.” European Journal of East Asian Studies Volume 20, Issue 1: 107–137 https://doi.org/10.1163/15700615-20211017


Wang, Ruijing. 2019. Kinship, Cosmology and Support: Toward a Holistic Approach of Childcare in the Akha Community of Southwestern China. Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 256 pages (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia) https://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/978-3-643-90888-9


Research Projects

Interethnic Marriage’s Impact on Cultural Integration in Southwest of China