1st Edition

Social Capital and Its Institutional Contingency A Study of the United States, China and Taiwan

Edited By Nan Lin, Yang-chih Fu, Chih-jou Jay Chen Copyright 2014
    470 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume is a collection of original studies based on one of the first research programs on comparative analysis of social capital. Data are drawn from national representative samples of the United States, China and Taiwan. The three societies selected for study allow the examination of how political-economic regimes (command versus market) and cultural factors (family centrality versus diverse social ties) affect the characteristics of social ties and social networks from which resources are accessed and mobilized.

    Introduction  1. Social Capital in a Comparative Perspective  Nan Lin, Yang-chih Fu and Chih-jou Jay Chen  Part I: Measuring Social Capital  2. Contact Status and Finding a Job: Validation and Extension  Nan Lin, Hang Young Lee and Dan Ao  3. Homophily and Heterophily in the Position-Generated Networks in the U.S. and China  Dan Ao  4. Status-Based Differential Memory and Measurement of Social Capital: Recall Errors and Bias Estimates  Kuo-Hsien Su and Nan Lin  Part II: Endogeneity of Social Capital: Structural and Network Features  5. Similarities and Differences in Relation-Specific Social Resources Among Three Societies: Taiwan, China and the United States  Ray-May Hsung and Ronald L. Breiger  6. How Social Capital Changes During One’s Current Job: Work Conditions and Contact Patterns  Yang-chih Fu, Ray May Hsung and Szu-Ying Lee  7. Occupational Sex Composition, Cultural Contexts, and Social Capital Formation: Cases of the United States and Taiwan  Wei-hsin Yu and Chi-Tsun Chiu  8. The Internet Implications for Social Capital: Stock, Changes, and Tie Strength  Wenhong Chen  Part III: Accessing and Mobilizing Social Capital: Institutional, Networking and Organizational Factors  9. Job Search Chains and Embedded Resources: A Comparative Analysis Among Taiwan, China and the US  Chih-jou Jay Chen  10. Network and Contact Diversities in Race and Gender and Status Attainment in the United States  Joonmo Son  11. The Road to Democracy: A Three-Society Comparison of Civic Network Structures  Yanlong Zhang and Hang Young Lee  Part IV: Social Capital and Well-Being  12. Social Capital in the Workplace and Health Disruptions: A Cross-National Investigation  Steve McDonald, Feinian Chen and Martha Crowley  13. Bright and Dark Sides of Who You Know in the Evaluation of Well-Being: Social Capital and Life Satisfaction Across Three Societies  Lijun Song  Appendix I: Social Capital USA 2004 Telephone Interview Questionnaire.  Appendix II: Sample Characters for U.S., Taiwan, and China 2004-2005 Social Capital Surveys.


    Nan Lin is Oscar L. Tang Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Duke University, and was Distinguished Research Fellow at Academia Sinica at the time of the reported research program.

    Yang-chih Fu is research fellow in the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

    Chih-Jou Jay Chen is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology of Academia Sinica, a jointly appointed Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology, National Tsing Hua University, and Director of the Center for Contemporary China, National Tsing Hua University.