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Social Capital, Social Support and Stratification

An Analysis of the Sociology of Nan Lin Edited by Ronald S. Burt, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, Yanjie Bian, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, Lijun Song, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University and Nan Lin, Department of Sociology, Duke University, US
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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Publication Date: December 2019
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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 first discusses theories of stratification and achievement, with advantage termed social capital, a complement to the field’s earlier focus on education as human capital. Network imagery in theories of social support is also investigated, expanding clinical psychology into social psychology. Finally the progression of network imagery in the renovation of Chinese sociology from disdained ideology to admired social science is considered.

A unique combination of Nan Lin’s core contributions to the field presented alongside new and original analyses, this innovative book will be a key resource for sociology courses on China as well as for scholars interested in social capital, social support or stratification worldwide. The book will also be of interest to those individuals interested in academic entrepreneurs such as Nan Lin.
Contents:

1. Introduction

Social Capital
2. Nan Lin and Social Capital
Ronald S. Burt

3. Social Resources and Strength of Ties: Structural Factors in Occupational Status Attainment
Nan Lin, Walter M. Ensel, and John C. Vaughn

4. Building a Network Theory of Social Capital
Nan Lin

Social Support
5. Nan Lin and Social Support
Lijun Song

6. Social Support, Stressful Life Events, and Illness: A Model and an Empirical Test
Nan Lin, Ronald S. Simeone, Walter M. Ensel, and Wen Kuo

7. Social Support and Depressed Mood: A Structural Analysis
Nan Lin, Xiaolan Ye, and Walter M. Ensel

Stratification in China
8. Chinese Sociology, the Sociology of China, and Nan Lin’s Contributions
Yanjie Bian

9. Getting Ahead in Urban China
Nan Lin and Yanjie Bian

10. Occupational Prestige in Urban China
Nan Lin and Wen Xie

Reflections
11. Lessons Learned from Lifelong Studying and Conducting Research
Nan Lin

Index