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

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Thomas Gold, Thomas B. Gold, Doug Guthrie, David Wank
Cambridge University Press, Sep 5, 2002 - Social Science - 275 pages
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.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to the Study of Guanxi
3
Practices of Guanxi Production and Practices of Ganqing Avoidance
21
Information Asymmetries and the Problem of Perception The Significance of Structural Position in Assessing the Importance of Guanxi in China
37
Beyond Dyadic Social Exchange Guanxi and ThirdParty Effects
57
Guanxi in Business Groups Social Ties and the Formation of Economic Relations
77
BusinessState Clientelism in China Decline or Evolution
97
Institutional Holes and Job Mobility Processes Guanxi Mechanisms in Chinas Emergent Labor Markets
117
Youth Job Searches in Urban China The Use of Social Connections in a Changing Labor Market
137
Face Norms and Instrumentality
163
Guanxi and the PRC Legal System From Contradiction to Complementarity
179
Idle Talk Neighborhood Gossip as a Medium of Social Communication in Reform Era Shanghai
197
Networking Guanxi
221
References
243
Index
273
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