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Liu, Sida. In press. "Law's Social Forms: A Powerless Approach to the Sociology of Law." Law & Social Inquiry, forthcoming.
Liu, Sida, Lily Liang, and Ethan Michelson. 2014. "Migration and Social Structure: The Spatial Mobility of Chinese Lawyers." Law & Policy 36(2): 165-194.
Liu, Sida. 2013. "The Legal Profession as a Social Process: A Theory on Lawyers and Globalization." Law & Social Inquiry 38(3): 670-693.
Liu, Sida, and Terence C. Halliday. 2011. "Political Liberalism and Political Embeddedness: Understanding Politics in the Work of Chinese Criminal Defense Lawyers." Law & Society Review 45(4): 831-865.
Liu, Sida. 2011. "Lawyers, State Officials, and Significant Others: Symbiotic Exchange in the Chinese Legal Services Market." China Quarterly 206: 276-293.
Liu, Sida. 2011. The Logic of Fragmentation: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market. Shanghai: Shanghai Joint Publishing Co. (In Chinese)
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PhD, University of Chicago, 2009
Departmental Areas of Interest:
Deviance, Law, and Social Control
Economic Change and Development
General Social Theory
Law and Society
Organizational and Occupational Analysis
Social Movements and Collective Behavior
Research Interest Statement:
My current research interests focus on the historical change, social structure, political mobilization, and globalization of the legal profession. I have conducted extensive research on the Chinese legal profession as an empirical case for understanding how social structures such as professions, market, and the state are produced by social processes such as boundary work, exchange, and migration. Meanwhile, I am working on a collaborative project with Terence C. Halliday on the political mobilization of Chinese lawyers in the criminal justice system. I also wrote on other socio-legal topics such as lower court justice and the corporate law market. Methodologically, I am mostly interested in the shape of social structures and how they transform over time. Besides my empirical work on Chinese lawyers, I have been developing a processual theory of the legal profession and a "powerless" approach to the sociology of law along the Simmelian tradition of social geometry.