Professor Mohan J Dutta recognized as Provost’s Chair Professor

CARE Director Professor Mohan J Dutta was recently recognized as a Provost’s Chair Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in recognition of his outstanding and impactful scholarly accomplishments, which are internationally acknowledged. Professor Dutta’s recognition as Provost’s Chair Professor recognizes his recent work with the culture-centered approach and with setting up the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). In his scholarly work, Professor Dutta has published over 170 articles and book chapters, and seven (7) books. He has won multiple research and teaching awards, including the Lewis Donohew Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award and the University Faculty Scholar Award from Purdue University.

[Left Behind Families] Liu Village Dancing and Drumming

During his trip to the rural Liu village, Dr Kang Sun noticed how its traditional drumming and folk dancing practices are still active despite the condition of the settlement. He collaborated with the left-behind villagers to organise cultural activities as part of a healthy lifestyle and they were given the invitation to perform their drumming and dancing at the local carnival. Dr Kang documented the whole process in this short clip.

Drumming up Social Change

Drumming up Social Change By: Kang Sun, Daniel Teo, and Sarah Comer While China’s economic development is no news to anyone, the social cost of such development is yet to be explored. Kang’s project focuses on the rural villages where elderly family members have been left behind by their adult children working in cities. In this social background, elderly villagers’ everyday health conditions and care (or lack thereof) become a social critique of economic development.

Culturally-Centering Social Change: Notes from the CARE Lab

“Communication inequalities map out structural inequalities, and therefore, inverting these inequalities symbolically and materially lie at the heart of social change processes” notes Professor Mohan Dutta, Founding Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). CARE was inaugurated with the goal of developing social projects grounded in the culture-centered approach (CCA) developed by Dutta since the late 1990s, with an emphasis on empirically testing the key tenets of the approach in carrying out grassroots-driven social change processes, fine-tuning research design in implementing community-academic partnerships, and in theoretically outlining the processes of communication and culture that are intertwined in the development of social change processes, policies, and programs.