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Eugene Cooper

Professor of Anthropology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1905
Office: GFS 123

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M.A. East Asian Studies, Columbia University, 5/1976
Ph.D. Anthropology, Columbia University, 5/1976
B.A. Anthropology magna cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo, 6/1968

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Cooper specializes in the study Chinese civilization, with an emphasis on contemporary China, Chinese folk custom, popular religion and political economy. His most recent research concerns the market and temple fairs of the Jinhua region of rural Zhejiang province, and a book on the subject is in preparation. Professor Cooper's research interests also include marriage, family and kinship, peasant society, rural development, anthropological theory, popular culture, and American folklore.

Research Keywords

Chinese Civilization, Contemporary China, Chinese Folk Custom, Popular Religion, Political Economy



Cooper, G. (2012). Tthe Market and Temple Fairs of Rural China: Red Fire. UK: Routledge.
Cooper, E. (2000). Adventures in Chinese Bureaucracy: a meta-anthropological saga.New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2000.
Cooper, E. (1998). The Artisans and Entrepreneurs of Dongyang County: Economic Reform and Flexible Production in China. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1998.
Cooper, E. (1980). The Woodcarvers of Hong Kong: Craft Production in the World Capitalist Periphery. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Honors and Awards

USC Mellon Award for Mentoring, 2008-2009   
Residency at the Institute for Advanced Study, Resident Scholar, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2006-2007   
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