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From Potential to Realization: The Mobilization of Social Capital by Chinese Job Seekers

China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) and International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management (IER&HRM) public lecture

Date: Tuesday 9 March 2010
Time: 6-7pm
Venue:  Thai Theatre (NAB LG03), New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Yanjie Bian
Chair: Susan Fernie

"How do people mobilize social capital to help with their job mobility?" Current scholarship points to a structural view that social capital is the unintended consequence of social network building. In this study, we find that Chinese workers instead take deliberate actions to mobilizing guanxi contacts in job-change and re-employment processes. Our network-agency interaction model explains the role of human agency, an important part of Chinese guanxi networks and social capital mobilization.

Yanjie Bian is a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota; Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science and the Director of the Institute for Empirical Social Science Research at Xi'an Jiaotong University; and is a co-PI of the Chinese General Social Survey.  He was a former chair professor and the head of the social science division and the funding director of the Survey Research Center, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; a past president of the North American Chinese Sociologists Association; he is the current chair for the Asia and Asian America Section of the American Sociological Association. Professor Bian's research interests are: social stratification and mobility, social networks, economic sociology, contemporary Chinese society, sociology of China and methodological approaches from studies of China. Bian's current research is focused on Social capital of Chinese firms; Social networks and employment processes in Chinese society; Institutional change and social stratification and mobility in post-Mao China. Professor Bian is an author and a co-editor of seven books, and many journal articles and book chapters in both English and Chinese.

Susan Fernie is Lecturer in Industrial Relations, LSE.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information contact Dr Xiangqun Chang by email x.chang@lse.ac.uk, phone 0208 099 4815.

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