Neil Gong

Neil Gong

Department affiliations: 

UCLA Department of Sociology

Mailing address: 

UCLA Department of Sociology

Mini biography: 

Neil Gong is a PhD candidate at UCLA sociology.  His dissertation uses ethnographic methods to compare public and private mental health services in Los Angeles, with a particular interest in how service users, providers, and families engage with ideals of "client choice" and "empowerment." By studying treatment processes in sites stratified by social class, he aims to understand the impact of differing material and cultural resources on the experience and possibilities of "recovery."  In a recently completed side-project, he participated in a non-sanctioned weapons fight club to understand how governance works in culturally libertarian, "no rules" spaces.

Publications:

Abramson, Corey and Neil Gong eds. (Under Contract). Beyond the Case: Competing Logics and Practices of Comparative Ethnography. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Gong, Neil. (2015). "How to Fight Without Rules: On Civilized Violence in De-Civilized Spaces." Social Problems 2015; 62:  605-622.  DOI: 10.1093/socpro/spv014 .