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Tripartite guanxi: resolving kin and non-kin discontinuities in Chinese connections

Barbalet, Jack


A consensus holds that guanxi, understood as dyadic connections consolidated affectively and mobilized to achieve the purposes of members, exists in three forms (family guanxi, friendship guanxi, and acquaintance guanxi) distinguished by the strength of felt obligation between participants. It is also held that through practices of fictive kinship friendship guanxi may merge with family guanxi. This article challenges these propositions and the assumptions underlying them. Obligations of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Theory and Society
DOI: 10.1007/s11186-020-09399-w


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