Sociology Department Staff
Dr Keming Yang, MA in Statistics (Columbia University), PhD in Sociology (Columbia University)
During the past few years my main research area has been loneliness. It is a form of mental health problem that has been studied from the perspectives of psychiatry, psychology, philosophy, gerontology. I have studied it as a social problem by examining the effects of social relations and social contexts (class, ethnicity, immigration, national culture, etc.). Ultimately, I see loneliness as a problem that is emblemic of the relationship between the individual and the society at large. Even more generally, I believe that the mission for all social scientists is to tackle social problems, if it is unrealistic to talk about 'solving' them. I have also done some research on private business owners in the context of China's economic development. To me, studying their economic and political life is a key to understanding many seemingly paradoxical issues in contemporary China. Methodologically, I am open to all methodological approaches, but I aim to integrate theory, substantive knowledge, and technical skills with logical rigour. I use statistical methods regularly for analysing large-scale sample survey data, but I have also used case studies and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA).
Currently I teach Research Design and Process and Categorical Data Analysis in the MA in Research Methods programme.
I welcome any inquiries about potential study for a PhD degree with me. Any topic in the areas of sociology of mental health and illness, economic sociology, political sociology, social gerontology, or any topic related to China or comparative cross-national studies will be considered.
- Meersohn Schmidt, Cynthia & Yang, Keming (2019). Controlling active ageing: a study of social imaginaries of older people in Chile. Ageing & Society
- Soo Shi Hui Joy, Tan Soo Yin & Yang, Keming (2019). Types of Social Support Associated with Depression in the UK Adult Population. Environment and Social Psychology 4(2): 1-8.
- Yang, K. (2018). Causal conditions for loneliness: a set-theoretic analysis on an adult sample in the UK. Quality & Quantity 52(2): 685–701.
- Yang, K. (2018). Longitudinal Loneliness and Its Risk Factors among Older People in England. Canadian Journal on Aging 37(1).
- Yang, K. (2018). Planned: National disposition towards loneliness: a quantitative macro-comparative analysis on European countries. Acta Sociologica
- Lin, L. & Yang, K. (2017). The Price of Informality: How Informal Finance Schemes Defaulted in China, 1989–2015. China: An International Journal 15(4): 111-135
- Yang, Keming (2014). Economic Growth and Quality of Life: What can the Europeans and the Chinese learn from each other?. European Journal of Sinology (special issue): 465-482.
- Yang, Keming & Banamah, Ahmad (2014). Quota Sampling as an Alternative to Probability Sampling? An Experimental Study. Sociological Research Online 19(1): 29.
- Yang, K. (2012). The Dependency of Private Entrepreneurs on the Chinese State. Strategic Change 21(3-4): 107-117.
- Victor, Christina & Yang, Keming (2012). The Prevalence of Loneliness Among Adults: A Case Study of the United Kingdom. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied 146(1-2): 85-104.
- Keming Yang & Christina Victor (2011). Age and Loneliness in 25 European Nations. Ageing and Society 31(8): 1368-1388.
- Yang, Keming. & Yi, Lui. (2009). Risk Factors and Family Supports for Limitations in ADL among Older People in Urban China. Hallym International Journal of Ageing: Gerontological Research, Policies and Programs in the New Millennium 11(1): 13-32.
- David Byrne & Keming Yang (2008). ‘Conceptual and Statistical Problems in Exploring the Relationship among Volume, Outcome and Context in Relation to the Organization of Secondary and Tertiary Health Provision – an issue of causal inference in non-experimental research. Radical Statistics 96: 87-98.
- Yang, Keming. & Victor, Christine. (2008). The Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Loneliness among Older People in China. Ageing and Society 28(3): 305-327.
- Yang, Keming (2019). Loneliness: A Social Problem. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
- Yang, Keming (2012). Capitalists in Communist China. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Yang, Keming. (2010). Making Sense of Statistics for Social Research. Sage.
- Yang, Keming (2014). Categorical Data Analysis. Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods. Sage Publications, Ltd.
Chapter in book
- Yang, Keming (2013). ‘Auf welcher Seite stehst du? Chinas kommunistischer Staat zwischen KapitalistInnen und ArbeiterInnen’ (‘Whose Side Are You on? China’s Communist state between the capitalists and the workers’). In Arbeitskämpfe in China: Berichte von der Werkbank der Welt. Georg Egger, Daniel Fuchs, Thomas Immervoll & Lydia Steinmassl Promedia. 194-209.
- Yang, Keming (2013). Keep Business for Business: Associations of private enterprises in China. In Chinese corporatist state: adaption, survival and resistance. Hsu, Jennifer & Hasmath, Reza London: Routledge. 66-82.
- Yang, Keming (2010). 从财富到权力？对私营企业主参政的观察与思考 (From Wealth to Power? Some Observations and Thoughts on the Political Participation of Private Entrepreneurs). In 当代中国政治报告 (Research Reports on The Politics of Contemporary China). Beijing: Social Science Academic Press (Beijing, China). 8: 92-105.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Yang, Keming (2014). Loneliness has serious health risks and the solution is social. The Conversation
- Economic sociology and entrepreneurship
- Sociology of mental wellbeing
- Statistical methods in social research
- Social gerontology
- The Political Participation of Private Business Owners in China
Available for media contact about:
- Entrepreneurship / SME: China's economic, political and social development, entrepreneurship, research design, quantitative methods, loneliness among older people in comparative perspectives