On the changing structure of social networks in urban China

Danching Ruan, Linton C. Freeman, Xinyuan Dai, Yunkang Pan, Wenhong Zhang

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This study is a replication of a survey on personal networks conducted 7 years earlier in Tianjin, China. Comparing the results of the two surveys reveals a large amount of change. Tianjin residents now report having more ties to friends and to associates beyond work and family, and fewer workplace ties and far fewer family ties. Women have gained on men in the number of friends, and young people have fewer workplace ties. These changes at the micro-level are examined in the light of changes in the Chinese macro-social structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Networks
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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