Social Capital, Social Support and Stratification
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Social Capital, Social Support and Stratification

An Analysis of the Sociology of Nan Lin

Edited by Ronald S. Burt, Yanjie Bian, Lijun Song and Nan Lin

This insightful book explores the spread of network imagery in three areas of sociology – social capital, social support, and China – using as its protagonist a man active in all three: Nan Lin. Social Capital, Social Support and Stratification provides a unique combination of Nan Lin’s core contributions to the field presented alongside new and original analyses.
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Chapter 10: Occupational Prestige in Urban China

Nan Lin and Wen Xie


This paper reports ratings of occupational prestige by urban residents in Beijing, China. Using a representative sample (N = 1,632) of adults aged 20-64 and a selected group of 50 occupations, we found that their rankings are remarkably consistent with those found in other countries. Within the general patterns of rankings, however, specific differences are found, and these reflect not only the specific skills required and resources valued at a particular historical moment in development but also the social effects of recent political events.

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