Occupation, Class and Social Networks in Urban China

  title={Occupation, Class and Social Networks in Urban China},
  author={Yanjie Bian and Ronald L. Breiger and Deborah S. Davis and Joseph Galaskiewicz},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={1143 - 1167}
China's class structure is changing dramatically in the wake of post-1978 market-oriented economic reforms. The creation of a mixed "market-socialist" economy has eroded the institutional bases of a cadre-dominated social hierarchy and created conditions for a new pattern of social stratification. Although conditions remain dynamic, results of a 1998 urban survey that measured strength and diversity of social ties among 400 households in four of China's largest cities documented networks of… 

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