Dr Gerald Groot

Gerald Groot
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

Gerry has long been interested in Chinese politics and political history and is well known for his work on the Chinese Communist Party's United Front Work, particularly with China's so-called democratic political parties. He is also interested in the place of ghosts in Chinese culture, aspects of religion and Western understandings of Chinese food. Other interests include how Asian influences have helped shaped other societies, the role of culture in social and political interaction and social change. More tangentially, he also sometimes works on the nature and history of cookbooks, including those aimed at teaching men how to be men in the kitchen. The use of cookbooks and the transmission of Chinese cooking is another interest though he has never used any recipes from his hundreds of Chinese cookbooks to actually cook a meal.

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Dr Gerald Groot

Gerry has long been interested in Chinese politics and political history and is well known for his work on the Chinese Communist Party's United Front Work, particularly with China's so-called democratic political parties. He is also interested in the place of ghosts in Chinese culture, aspects of religion and Western understandings of Chinese food. Other interests include how Asian influences have helped shaped other societies, the role of culture in social and political interaction and social change. More tangentially, he also sometimes works on the nature and history of cookbooks, including those aimed at teaching men how to be men in the kitchen. The use of cookbooks and the transmission of Chinese cooking is another interest though he has never used any recipes from his hundreds of Chinese cookbooks to actually cook a meal.

My research generally revolves around aspects of the Chinese Communist Party and how it relates to many groups outside its normal ambit using united front work, Such work involves not only the eight  so-called democratic parties but also religious believers, Overseas Chinese, recent emigrants, students studying abroad and the new classes of professionals emerging as a result of economic reform, opening up and globalisation, Other interests include the role of corporatism, social change, religious belief, nationalism and soft power, the latter also relating to united front work.

Other areas of interest involve Asian Influences on the rest of world from ancient times until the present, the role of food and cookbooks, and representations of masculinity in men's cook books.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2014 Head of Department University of Asian Studies
1999 Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write and understand spoken
Dutch; Flemish Can read, speak and understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
University of Adelaide Australia PhD

Research Interests

Asian Cultural Studies, Asian History, Political Science, Political Theory, Religion and Society, Social Change

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Groot, G. & Wang, R. (2018). Who represents? Xi Jinping’s Grand United Front Work, legitimation, participation and consultative democracy. Journal of Contemporary China, -.
2016 Groot, G. (2016). A Foreigner's View on the Contribution of United Front Work to Chinese Socialism. 马克思主义当代中国论丛, 3, 149-156.
2016 Groot, G. (2016). China's Growing Social Inequity Prompts Stronger Social Control. China Brief, XVI, 4, -.
2012 Groot, G. & O'Brien, R. (2012). The Chinese Communist Party's united front work with the legal profession. Hong Kong Law Journal, 42, 3, 939-969.

Books

Year Citation
2006 P. Jain, F. Patrikeeff & G. Groot (Eds.) (2006). Asia-Pacific and a New International Order: Responses and Options / P. Jain, F. Patrikeeff and G. Groot (eds.). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
2004 Groot, G. (2004). Managing transitions - The Chinese Communist Party, united front work, corporatism, and hegemony. 29 West 35th St, New York, NY 10001, USA: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2018 Groot, G. (2018). Cool Japan versus the China threat: Does Japan’s Popular Culture Success Mean More Soft Power?. In K. Hashimoto (Ed.), Japanese language and soft power in Asia (pp. 15-41). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
10.1007/978-981-10-5086-2_2
2017 Groot, G. (2017). The China Story Yearbook 2016 Control. In L. Jaivin & J. Golley (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2016 - Control (pp. 276-297). Canberra: ANU Press.
2016 Groot, G. (2016). The contradictions of developmentalism and the Chinese party-state’s goal of ethnic harmony: the case of Xinjiang. In C. Andressen (Ed.), China's Changing Economy: Trends, Impacts and the Future (pp. 35-49). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
2016 Groot, G. (2016). The expansion of the United Front under Xi Jinping. In Davies, Gloria, Goldkorn, Jeremy & Tomba, Luigi (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2015 Pollution (pp. 166-177). Canberra: ANU Press.
2015 Groot, G. (2015). The United Front in an Age of Shared Destiny. In G. Barme, L. Jaivin & J. Goldkorn (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2014 Shared Destiny (pp. 128-135). Canberra: Australian National University Press.
2013 Groot, G. (2013). The Leadership Transition. In G. R. Barmé & J. Goldkorn (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China (pp. 22-31). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University.
2013 Groot, G. (2013). A self-defeating secret weapon? The institutional limitations of corporatism on United Front work. In J. Hsu & R. Hasmath (Eds.), The Chinese Corporatist State: Adaption, survival and resistance (pp. 29-49). United Kingdom: Routledge.
10.4324/9780203080139
2012 Groot, G. (2012). The History of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide. In N. Harvey, J. Fornasiero, G. McCarthy, C. Macintyre & C. Crossin (Eds.), A History of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide 1876-2012: Celebrating 125 Years of the Faculty of Arts (pp. 51-80). Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
10.1017/UPO9781922064363.003
2012 Groot, G. & Stafford, A. (2012). South Australia and China. In J. Spoehr & P. Jain (Eds.), The Engaging State: South Australia's Engagement with the Asia-Pacific Region (pp. 94-114). Australia: Wakefield Press.
2006 Groot, G. (2006). Soft power in the Asia-Pacific post 9-11: The cases of Japan, China and India. In P. Jain, F. Patrikeeff & G. Groot (Eds.), Asia-pacific and a new international order: responses and options (pp. 53-70). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
2002 Groot, G. (2002). Crises in China and potential dangers for Asia. In P. Jain, G. O'Leary & F. Patrikeeff (Eds.), Crisis and conflict in Asia - local, regional and international responses (pp. 115-136). 227 Main St, Suite 100, Huntington, NY 11743: Nova Science Publishers.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2015 Malhi, A., Groot, G. & Drahos, A., (2015). InterculturAdelaide: Cultural Adaptivity for the Asian Century – Policy Directions Report,
2015 Malhi, A. & Groot, G., (2015). InterculturAdelaide: Cultural Adaptivity for the Asian Century--Draft Report 2,

Internet Publications

Year Citation
2017 Groot, G.; (2017); "Chinese students heed call of the party line,”;

2016 $20,000 Australian Centre for China in the World, for a workshop on The Role and Nature of Conspiracy Theories in China

2015 With Amrita Malhi, $96,500,000 State Government of South Australia, InterculturAdelaide Special Event, part of International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference, July 7 2015 Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide.

2006  $50,000 ARC grant for the ARC ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network Signature Event for 2008, Globalising Religions and Cultures in the Asia Pacific.

2002 $20,000 UA Learning and Teaching Development Grant, Assessing Key Skills of First Year Students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with Sandra Taylor (UA Geography)

Gerry Groot teaches across a variety of Asia-related social science courses for the Department of Asian Studies. These include:

ASIA 1103 Asia & the World (how Asian influences have shaped the world over the millennia)

ASIA 1104 Negotiating Asia: Surviving Cultural Difference ( Key elements of Chinese and Japanese culture, how to identify them and understand their significance) This course is notable for its use of audio visual materials and focus on behavioural analysis.

ASIA 2007 Asia: Cultures & Identities (Examines the fundamentals of culture as they shape identities at national and macro levels in China and Japan)

ASIA 2022 China Today: Politics & Governance ( The how and why of rule by the CCP -Party-state)

Others as required

I supervise post graduates over wide variety of  topics, not restricted to my own interests. I welcome all expressions of interest.

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2015 - ongoing Council Asian Studies Association of Australia Asian Studies Association of Australia China
2013 - 2017 Council Chinese Studies Association of Australia
2012 - ongoing Board Member Australian Centre for China in the World Australian National University Australia
Position
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Phone
83134312
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Kenneth Wills Building
Room Number
6 38A
Org Unit
Asian Studies

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