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Gregory P. Fairbrother is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in International Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from the University of Hong Kong. He has been dedicated, for the past 20 years, to empirical research and the development of theory designed to elucidate the process and effects of what he calls "educative legitimation," or the use of moral-political-citizenship education for state legitimation in China. The conclusions of his research arise from theoretical insight and development from Neo-Institutionalist and Neo-Marxist theories integrated with data from central-, provincial-, and municipal-level government policy documents (1700s to present); school textbooks (1902-2000s); interviews with government officials, educationalists, teachers, and university students; quantitative surveys of university students; and news sources. The core of his research centers around developing and elaborating the theoretical argument that various Chinese state legitimation processes, from the late imperial period to the present, all revolve around constructing and spreading an image of the Chinese state as traditionally paternalistic while simultaneously incorporating various dimensions of globally-legitimated notions of the proper state-citizen relationship. A secondary thread of his research agenda examines the implications of paternalistic Chinese state legitimation processes for political and educational development in Hong Kong before and after its 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty.

Research interests

  • Governance, Legitimacy and Citizenship in Hong Kong and China
  • Sociological Neo-Institutional Theory
  • Political Socialization and Youth Political Attitudes
  • Citizenship Education
  • Educational Policy

External Appointments

Editorial/Advisory Board Membership

  • Chinese Education and Society
  • China Research Perspectives on Educational Development

Professional Society Membership

  • Comparative and International Education Society
    • Special Interest Group on Citizenship and Democratic Education
Selected Journal Reviews
  • Asia Pacific Education Review
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Education
  • China: an International Journal
  • China Review
  • Citizenship Studies
  • Citizenship Teaching and Learning
  • Compare
  • Comparative Education Review
  • Curriculum Perspectives
  • Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
  • Education Journal
  • Educational Review
  • Frontiers of Education in China
  • International Journal of Educational Development
  • Journal of Educational Planning and Administration
  • Journal of Moral Education
  • The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher
  • The China Quarterly
  • Urban Affairs Review

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