The Emergence of a COVID-19 Related Social Capital: The Case of China

Yanjie Bian, Xiaolei Miao, Xiaolin Lu, Xulei Ma, Xiaoxian Guo

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This paper develops a new concept called virus-combat social capital and presents relevant findings from a survey of 3009 Chinese WeChat networkers. Virus-combat social capital is defined by the intensity and extensity of social connectedness under conditions of physical isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey shows that as compared to their counterparts, Chinese people with higher virus-combat social capital consistently do better in both behavioral responses and measures of quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-433
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
National Philosophy Social Science Project of China (No.13&ZD177). Social Science Foundation of Ministry of Education of China (No. 17XJC840002).

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  • COVID-19
  • China
  • Virus-combat social capital
  • behavioral response
  • quality of life


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