An Analysis of the Sociology of Nan Lin
Edited by Ronald S. Burt, Yanjie Bian, Lijun Song and Nan Lin
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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