Neil Gong

Neil Gong is a PhD graduate UCLA sociology.  His dissertation used 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 aimed 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.

Selected 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 .