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Article: Network capital: Emigration from Hong Kong

TitleNetwork capital: Emigration from Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsClass situations
Emigration decisions
Personal networks
Issue Date1998
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/BJOS
Citation
British Journal Of Sociology, 1998, v. 49 n. 3, p. 358-374 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this paper, we argue that it would be fruitful to regard personal networks as a form of capital capable of generating economic returns by drawing on our research findings on the recent wave of emigration from Hong Kong. By putting network capital on a par with economic and cultural capital, we seek to identify its distinctive features in terms of institutionalization, capacity, moral economy, and processes of conversion and reproduction. In substantiating our argument, we present some quantitative evidence from our survey data on the uneven distribution of kinship ties which can be mobilized for emigration among different occupational classes. We then make use of our in-depth interview data to show that there is a qualitative variation too in the type of networks used by different occupational classes for emigration purposes. We conclude by reflecting on the implications of the concept of network capital for the study of migration, class formation, and the global economy.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48495
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.871
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.441
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dc.contributor.authorSalaff, JWen_HK
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dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal Of Sociology, 1998, v. 49 n. 3, p. 358-374en_HK
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dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we argue that it would be fruitful to regard personal networks as a form of capital capable of generating economic returns by drawing on our research findings on the recent wave of emigration from Hong Kong. By putting network capital on a par with economic and cultural capital, we seek to identify its distinctive features in terms of institutionalization, capacity, moral economy, and processes of conversion and reproduction. In substantiating our argument, we present some quantitative evidence from our survey data on the uneven distribution of kinship ties which can be mobilized for emigration among different occupational classes. We then make use of our in-depth interview data to show that there is a qualitative variation too in the type of networks used by different occupational classes for emigration purposes. We conclude by reflecting on the implications of the concept of network capital for the study of migration, class formation, and the global economy.en_HK
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dc.rightsBritish Journal of Sociology. Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThe definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.comen_HK
dc.subjectClass situationsen_HK
dc.subjectEmigration decisionsen_HK
dc.subjectPersonal networksen_HK
dc.titleNetwork capital: Emigration from Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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