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


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.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Thomas Gold
  • Doug Guthrie
  • David Wank
  • Andrew Kipnis
  • Yi-Min Lin
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, England
Publication year:
  • 2004


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