Social resources, class habitus and friendship ties in urban China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-92
Journal / PublicationJournal of Sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


This article draws insights from social resource theory and class habitus theory to study friendship choices in urban China. Data are from two surveys conducted in two Chinese cities in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Data analysis shows that cross-status friendships are negatively related to both cadre status and professional status in urban China. However, in-group association is more closely related to instrumentality than to cultural distinction. These findings suggest new interpretations of the effect of social resources and cultural distinction on friendship formation in urban China. © 2006 The Australian Sociological Association.

Research Area(s)

  • Cultural capital, Friends, In-group association, Informal solidarities, Social networks