Nan Lin is a professor in Sociology at Duke University. Since July 2006 he is Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences of Duke University. Social interactions and their consequences are the subject of sociology. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. The school, which officially became Duke University in 1924, traces its institutional roots to 1838. ...
His research interests are in social networks and social capital, the life stress process (especially social support as resources), social stratification and mobility, and Chinese societies. A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds. ... Social capital is defined as the value that is created through the application of social networks during non-organizational time. ... In sociology, social stratification is the hierarchical arrangement of social classes, castes, and strata within a society. ...
He was one of the very first scholars to undertake serious research on the social networks foundation of social capital. Social capital is defined as the value that is created through the application of social networks during non-organizational time. ...
One recent book: Lin, Nan, Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action (2001), NY: Cambridge University Press .
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