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College of International Relations  /
Department of International Relations

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 Zsombor Tibor   RAJKAI  Professor

■Concurrent affiliation
Graduate School of International Relations
The Kinugasa Research Organization   /
Institute of International Language and Culture Studies
■Graduate school/University/other
06/2004  Eötvös Loránd Universiy (Budapest)  Turkic Studies (Linguistics),  Turcology (Sino-Central Asian Relations)  Doctoral course  Completed
03/2009  Kyoto Univeristy  Faculty of Letters  Sociology  Doctoral course  Completed
■Academic degrees
Ph.D. (06/2008 Eötvös Loránd Universiy (Budapest))   Ph.D. (11/2010 Kyoto Univeristy)  
■Career history
04/2009-11/2010  Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters/ Research Fellow
12/2010-03/2012  Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters/ Associate Professor
04/2012-03/2017  Ritsumeikan University, College of International Relations/ Associate Professor
04/2017-  Ritsumeikan University, College of International Relations/ Professor (Up to now)
■Academic society memberships
The Japan Sociological Society  
Japan Society of Family Sociology  
Kansai Sociological Association  
Japan-China Sociological Society  
The Society for Comparative Family History  
The Society for Hungarian Studies  
American Sociological Association  
National Council on Family Relations  
Kansai Family Sociological Research Association  
The Society for Western and Southern Asiatic Studies  
Chinese Sociological Association Family Sociology Committee  
■Licenses and qualifications
Certificate for Social Researcher  (2006)    Certificate for Special Social Researcher  (2006)   
■Subject of research
Social Transformation of Non-Western Societies
History of China and Central Asia
■Research summary
My specialization includes both pre-modern Asian history and modern social, cultural, linguistic studies. I am currently conducting international research studies in both fields. One refers to the study of China's relationship with her neighbouring countries, and the other one pertains to the study of the social transformation of (post-)socialist societies.

 Below are the contents of two volume projects that I am currently in charge of as the editor and also as a co-author.

(1)Frontiers and Boundaries: Encounters on China's Margins(Co-editor: Ildikó Bellér-Hann)
The title refers to those places and spaces which are situated on the real or conceptual margins of Imperial or of modern China; they include all those zones of encounters where forms of inclusion and exclusion have been acted out, sometimes stressed and foregrounded, at other times treated either as a cultural backwater to the political centre or as background to local events. The focus of the volume is the encounters themselves: we wish to explore whether recent research makes it at all possible to identify patterns in movements and exchanges across spatial and conceptual boundaries and if yes, to what extent are the patterns in these two domains comparable or are parts of a larger pattern. Another question to be explored is, to what extent zones of encounters are turned into frontiers, real or imagined, and under what conditions do they need to be clearly demarcated, and when not, what form does the fuzziness of such boundaries assume? Our conceptualisation of boundaries and our research questions have been inspired and closely follow the anthropological insights elaborated by T. M. Wilson and H. Donnan. We agree that boundaries do not necessarily need to be conceptualised as lines, but as spaces which can be imagined and represented as frontier zones. Frontier zones can be studied in relation to the centre, but they themselves can be turned into a centre and become the object of scrutiny, where exchange, mixing, contestation and negotiation take place.
(2)Family and Social Change in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies: Change and Continuity in East Europe and East Asia – Focusing on Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, China and Vietnam
In this project, the main research concern pertains to the comparison of the way of modernization in two regions that in fact lack any direct historical connection: East Europe and East Asia. The reason for why it becomes necessary to discuss the path(s) of modernization in two so remote regions in one symposium lies in their indirect common historical experience in terms of socialist modernization. It is often forgotten that not only people in East Europe, but also about 90% of the population of East Asia experienced socialist modernization, which was then followed by a remarkable systemic transformation (Mainland China, Vietnam). The path(s) of modernization in these so-called transitional societies can be described as a story of the shrinking scope of a previously strong state influence/control/responsibility over sectors such as economy, civil society, as well as, the intimate sphere/family. However, this is exactly where one can also find differences between East European and East Asian transitional societies, since the process and degree of the shrinking scope of state influence/control over these sectors differs between the two regions. Whereas East European countries took a rather radical way in their systemic transformations in the late 1980s/early 1990s, Mainland China and Vietnam decided to take a rather cautious way.
Given the previously wide and strong, but later shrinking scope of state control and responsibility, our research project focuses on the study of how marketization (a shift from plan economy to market economy), changing social/family policies(with the state playing much less paternalistic roles than before), as well as, the potential of newly emerging grassroots communities/civil society affect the intimate sphere/family in these transitional societies. We especially aim to clarify the role of family both in socialist modernization and in the subsequent systemic transformation, and attempt to give a new interpretation to family (relations) in transitional societies.
■Research keywords
Central Asia, East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, modern, pre-modern, post-modern, sociology, culture, history, family, socialist, post-socialist 
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Books
教養としての 世界史の学び方  山下範久等  東洋経済新報社  357-379  03/2019  978-4492062111
Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory Vol. III  John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  1120-1121  11/2017
The Economic and Business History of Occupied Japan: New Perspectives  Routledge  171-188  08/2017
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Papers
"The interpretation of individualisation in non-Western theory"  Zsombor Rajkai  『立命館国際研究』  29/ 2, 151-170  10/2016
「書評に応えて」  ライカイ・ジョンボル  『ソシオロジ』  183, 135-138  10/2015
"A conceptual typology of the term familism"  Zsombor Rajkai  The 75th National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference (USA) (https://www.ncfr.org/sites/default/files/downloads/news/147_zsombor_rajkai_ncfr-paper_presentation.pdf)  1-6  11/2013
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Research presentations
中西家庭变迁的社会学话语分析  第八届世界中国学论坛  09/11/2019
Tribute as a diplomatic strategy in early Ming China  Tribute System and Rulership in Late Imperial China  07/07/2018
「家族と個人化:グローバル化時代における家族のゆくえ」  龍谷大学  06/08/2017
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Other research achievements
"Actors and Movements around Technology, Risks
and Environment" (editor)  "New Cultural Frontiers-on-line sociological review" vol.5 RC-47 (Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements) of International Sociological Association (ISA)  2012-2013
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Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)
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Courses taught
2017  Advanced Seminar  Seminar
2017  IR-GS301 Advanced Seminar  Seminar
2017  IR-GS401 Graduation Thesis  Seminar
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Teaching achievements
グローバルスタディーズ専攻の成果と課題(教育実践フォーラム)  07/2016-07/2016
オープンキャンパス 模擬授業(GS専攻)  08/2015-08/2015
高等教育の国際化に挑戦して(大学教育シンポジウム:英語による学部専門教育は日本の大学をどう変えるかグローバル30からSGUへ)  03/2015-03/2015
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■Tel
075-466-3769
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■Research keywords(on a multiple-choice system)
Sociology
History of the Orient