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Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences : Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture, and the Changing Nature of Guanxi Series Number 21 - Thomas B. Gold

Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture, and the Changing Nature of Guanxi Series Number 21

By: Thomas B. Gold (Editor), Doug Guthrie (Editor), David L. Wank (Editor)


Published: 23rd September 2002
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Guanxi, translated as 'social connections,' or 'social networks,' is among the most important 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 every realm of life, from politics to business, and 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. The authors examine the role of guanxi in: business decisions among managers and entrepreneurs; the decisions and practices of workers; the construction of new legal institutions; the new social order. Scholars and students of China will find this a rich source of detailed information on the workings of Chinese social relationships and a valuable, new interpretation of the meaning and place of guanxi today.

'... a valuable contribution in updating the modern day classics on guanxi ...'. Asian Affairs '... the volume brings together the leading academic minds renowned for their ground-breaking work on the phenomenon, as well as less familiar names testing and developing their theories in new areas'. Asian Affairs ' ... an impressive collection of essays ...'. School of Oriental & African Studies '... makes a meaningful addition to the study of China and social networks. ... a fascinating study for people interested in Chinese society and social networks. It can also serve as a reference for further readings and research. ... this is a very useful volume that challenges our thinking about the role of guanxi in a changing Chinese society, and it should be useful for advanced undergraduate and graduate classes.' The Journal of Asian Studies

An introduction to the study of guanxi
Practices of guanxi production and practices of ganqing suppression
Information asymmetries and the problems of perception: the significance of structural position in assessing the importance of guanxi
Beyond dyad social exchange: guanxi and third party effects
Guanxi in business groups: social ties and the formation of economic relations
The significance of the declining significance of guanxi: how networks change in China's market economy
Institutional holes and job mobility processes: guanxi mechanisms in China's emergent labor markets
Youth job searches in urban China: the use of social connections in a changing labor market
Face, norms, and instrumentality
Guanxi and the PRC legal system: from contradiction to complementarity
'Idle talk': neighborhood gossip as a medium of social communication in reform era Shanghai
Final insights: network analysis and the study of guanxi
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ISBN: 9780521812337
ISBN-10: 052181233X
Series: Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 23rd September 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61