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Characterising social integration between rural migrants and local residents in urban China: An exploratory social network analysis of care workers in Shanghai

Zhang, Wenjing and Wang, Yiming (2020) Characterising social integration between rural migrants and local residents in urban China: An exploratory social network analysis of care workers in Shanghai. In: Pryce, Gwilym, ed. Urban Inequality, Segregation & Integration in Europe & China. Springer. (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:77682)

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Abstract

Recent decades have witnessed large migration flows from rural to urban China. This chapter explores the potential of Social Network Analysis (SNA) for assessing and understanding social integration in contemporary Chinese cities. We begin by presenting the background and the complex, multi-dimensional and inter-connected factors that typically affect segregation and inequality within urban China. SNA is introduced as a potential analytical approach for characterising and examining the ongoing dynamic social integration process. We discuss some initial findings based upon an exploratory case study in Shanghai on multi-dimensional segregation in the social care sector. We also identify the limitations of SNA as a relatively innovative method for researching social integration and call for a mixed-methods approach toward its application in examining the intricacy and complexity of social integration in contemporary urban China.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Migrants, Social network analysis, Integration, Urban China, Care
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Wenjing Zhang
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 08:40 UTC
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 15:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/77682 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Zhang, Wenjing: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1810-791X
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