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Social Connections in China

Social Connections in China
Institutions, Culture, and the Changing Nature of Guanxi

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Part of Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

Thomas Gold, Doug Guthrie, David Wank, Andrew Kipnis, Lin Yimin, Lisa Keister, Yanjie Bian, Amy Hanser, Scott Wilson, Pitman Potter, James Farrer, Barry Wellman, Wenhong Chen, Weizhen Dong
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  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521530316

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  • Guanxi, loosely translated as "social connections," or "social networks," is among the most important, talked about, and studied phenomena in China today. Guanxi lies at the heart of China's social order, its economic structure, and its changing institutional landscape. It is considered important in most every realm of life, from politics to business, and from officialdom to street life. This volume offers the latest scholarly thinking on the subject by top China sociologists whose work on guanxi has been influential and by new scholars offering cutting-edge insights on the topic.

    • Is the first edited volume on guanxi, bringing together many of the top scholars of this subject
    • Advances research in the field through new studies on the changing nature of Chinese society
    • Relevant for scholars, businesspeople and policymakers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Insightful.... Social Connections in China is a well-written and thought-provoking investigation of the use of guanxi in business and social dealings in China today. It is a useful book for those interested in sociology, cultural anthropology, law, and business--and provides great insight into the undercurrents of the Chinese political world today." The China Business Review

    "A well-written and thought provoking investigation of the use of guanxi in business and social dealings in China today. It is a useful book for those interested in sociology, cultural anthropology, law, and business. It also provides great insight to the undercurrents of the Chinese political world today." Washington Asia Press

    "This is an excellent book that deserves the wide attention of specialists on contemporary Chinese society and politics. Social Connections in China not only avoids the typical problems of edited volumes, it masterfully uses the opportunity to bring multiple specialists on a single topic together to engage in vigorous debate...Those who read Social Connections in China will see how much progress researchers have made over the last two decades in understanding a central aspect of life in China as well as gain a glimpse of where the field is headed." China Review International, Scott Kennedy, Indiana University

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    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521530316
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    An introduction to the study of guanxi Thomas Gold, Doug Guthrie and David Wank
    1. Practices of guanxi production and practices of ganqing suppression Andrew Kipnis
    2. Information asymmetries and the problems of perception: the significance of structural position in assessing the importance of guanxi Doug Guthrie
    3. Beyond dyad social exchange: guanxi and third party effects Lin Yimin
    4. Guanxi in business groups: social ties and the formation of economic relations Lisa Keister
    5. The significance of the declining significance of guanxi: how networks change in China's market economy David Wank
    6. Institutional holes and job mobility processes: guanxi mechanisms in China's emergent labor markets Yanjie Bian
    7. Youth job searches in urban China: the use of social connections in a changing labor market Amy Hanser
    8. Face, norms, and instrumentality Scott Wilson
    9. Guanxi and the PRC legal system: from contradiction to complementarity Pitman Potter
    10. 'Idle talk': neighborhood gossip as a medium of social communication in reform era Shanghai James Farrer
    Final insights: network analysis and the study of guanxi Barry Wellman, Wenhong Chen and Weizhen Dong.

  • Editors

    Thomas Gold, University of California, Berkeley

    Doug Guthrie, New York University

    David Wank, Sophia University, Tokyo

    Contributors

    Thomas Gold, Doug Guthrie, David Wank, Andrew Kipnis, Lin Yimin, Lisa Keister, Yanjie Bian, Amy Hanser, Scott Wilson, Pitman Potter, James Farrer, Barry Wellman, Wenhong Chen, Weizhen Dong

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