Name

CHUA Lynette J.
 
 
Designation

Associate Professor
 
Qualifications

Ph.D. (UC Berkeley), M.A (UC Berkeley), LL.B. (NUS), B.Sc. (Ohio)
 
Appointment(s)

  • Faculty Research Committee
  • Member, Centre for Legal Theory
Email Address: lynettechua@nus.edu.sg; lynette.chua@gmail.com
Office Tel: (65) 6516-5416 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
 
Research Interests

Law and society
Socio-legal studies
Law and social change
Law and social movements
Qualitative, empirical scholarship
 

Subjects Taught

Sociology of Law
Law and Social Movements
Understanding Law and Social Change
Constitutional and Administrative Law
 

Brief Biodata

Lynette is a law and society scholar with research interests in law and social change, and law and social movements. Her forthcoming book, The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as A Way of Life (Stanford University Press), examines about how human rights are collectively mobilized and practiced on the ground, how they relate to larger social forces, and how the emotions and relationships that people have with and through human rights perpetuate their practice and construct their meanings in Myanmar's nascent LGBT rights movement. Her 2015 Law & Society Review article, "The Vernacular Mobilization of Human Rights in Myanmar's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Movement", based on an earlier phase of the research, was awarded the 2016 Article Prize by the Socio-legal Studies Association in the United Kingdom.

She is also working on new research project that examines a pressing concern in many Asian societies these days, caring for the elderly. She is particularly interested in how the elderly, their families, as well as their communities and state governments, deal with grievances and conflicts that arise over who should care for the elderly, and the conditions under which they resort to legal institutions of the state or to other solutions. She is beginning to examine these questions in Singapore and Vietnam with plans to expand the study comparatively to China and Taiwan.

Lynette has also conducted ethnographic study on Singapore's gay and lesbian movement to analyze the emergence, development, and strategies and tactics of the movement, and explore the complex role of law and meanings of rights. Her book, Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State, received the 2015 Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, and the 2015 Book Accolade for Ground-breaking Matter from the International Convention of Asian Scholars, and was selected as a finalist by the Socio-legal Studies Association for the 2015 Hart Socio-legal Prize for Early Career Academics and the European Southeast Asian Studies Association for the 2015 Book Prize. Her 2012 Law & Society Review article, "Pragmatic Resistance, Law, and Social Movements in Authoritarian States: The Case of Gay Collective Action in Singapore", was recognized by the Law & Society Association in the United States with an honorable mention for its 2013 Article Prize.

Lynette is a member of the Law & Society Association's Board of Trustees (2017-2019) and the trustee class representative (2019) on the Association's Executive Committee, as well as a trustee of the Asian Law & Society Association. She is a current member of the American Political Science Review and Asian Journal of Law & Society editorial boards and a past member of the Law & Social Inquiry editorial board. At NUS, Lynette has held a Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, Humanities and Social Sciences Seed Fund Award, and Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship. Lynette was also a Fulbright Scholar and held grants from the Social Science Research Council and the National Science Foundation in the United States.


Representative Publications

1. The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as A Way of Life (Stanford University Press, forthcoming).

2. Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State (Temple University Press, 2014).

3. "The Vernacular Mobilization of Human Rights in Myanmar's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Movement" (2015) Law & Society Review, Vol. 49(2): 299-332.

4. "Pragmatic Resistance, Law, and Social Movements in Authoritarian States: The Case of Gay Collective Action in Singapore" (2012) Law & Society Review, Vol.46(4): 713-748.

5. "Negotiating Social Norms and Relations in the Micromobilization of Human Rights: The Case of Burmese Lesbian Activism"(2016) Law & Social Inquiry, Vol. 41(3): 643-669.

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