The Funeral Committee of Professor Zheng Hangseheng:
CCPN Global has learned with great sadness of Professor Zheng Hangsheng’s sudden death. As an Honorary President of the Chinese Sociological Association, Professor Zheng shifted his interests from philosophy to sociology in the early 1980s when he was a Visiting Fellow at Bristol University, UK. After returning to the Renmin University of China he founded the Department of Sociology, and the Center for Studies of Sociological Theory and Methods which became the National Key Research Base for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education. In the past three decades, Professor Zheng devoted himself to the study of Chinese sociological theory, methods and applied studies. He published more than 400 articles, and about 60 academic books including textbooks. His theoretical contribution has been summarized as ‘five theories’: social operation, social transformation, social mutual-construction, practice-structure theory, and localization of the sociological discipline. Methodologically, Zheng stresses the importance of re-evaluation, re-understanding and re-refining existing work, and promotes a principle of the careful handling of basic three pair of relations, such as sociologies between China and the west, history and current theory and practice. Zheng’s work has distinct characteristics from that of the famous Chinese sociologists Fei Xiaotong and Lu Xueyi, has enriched the academic achievements of the Chinese School of Sociology, and has advanced China’s social development and society building.
Professor Zheng’s death is not only a great loss to Chinese sociological and social scientific circles, but also a huge loss to CCPN Global. As our Academic Advisor, he attended our event to commemorate the centenary of Professor Fei Xiaotong's birth at LSE, he proposed a number of book series including the book series of ‘Understanding China and the World’, served as co-Editor-in-chief of this book series and wrote a Preface to it. He also donated a large number of books to us and encouraged us to introduce Chinese social scientists’ work to the world, and to participate in constructing human knowledge and building a global society.
Finally, we wish to convey our deepest condolences to Professor Zheng’s family, colleagues and students at the Renmin University, and the Chinese Sociological Association on the loss of such a distinguished scholar.
11 November 2014
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