Getting a job through a web of Guanxi in China

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As China moves from a state economy to a market economy, how do people obtain jobs? On the surface, it is a shift from a system where the state assigned people to job slots, to a situation in which people scramble on their own to attain positions. In reality, interpersonal and interorganizational relations have helped people find jobs in both the state and the market systems. 1 In this chapter I consider the use of connections in China to obtain jobs, and its implications for the analysis of occupational attainment, occupational mobility, and social stratification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNetworks in the Global Village
Subtitle of host publicationLife in Contemporary Communities
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780429967269
ISBN (Print)9780813368214
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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