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Research

Research Interests

Social Networks and Social Capital Social Psychology
Medical Sociology and Mental Health Marriage and Family
Stratification (Gender, Race, and SES/Class) Comparative Historical Sociology

Research Grants

2016-2020 “Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings.” Co-Investigator. The Centers of Excellence in ELSI (Ethnical, Legal and Social Implications) Research program at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Co-PIs: Ellen Wright Clayton and Bradley A. Malin. $4,012,641
2019 “One Trip to China, Two Purposes to Achieve.” PI. Global Research & Engagement Micro-Grant, VU. $4,650
2019 “Does Who You Know in the Status Hierarchy Protect or Hurt? Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health.” Data Science Institute Mini Grant, VU. $1,300
2016-2018 “Towards a Trans-Disciplinary Program on Data Science Policy.” Co-Investigator. Vanderbilt Initiative Awards (VIA), TIPS (Trans-institutional Programs), Vanderbilt University. Co-PIs: Ellen Wright Clayton, Bradley A. Malin, and Yevgeniy Vorobeychik. $199,218
2015-2017 “Institutional Contingency of Network Embeddedness of Class Identification: Network Members’ Occupational Status and Subjective Social Class in Three Societies.” PI. Research Grant, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, $30,000
2012-2013 “A Tale of Multiple Social Capitals and Adolescent Health.” PI. Research Scholar Fellowship, Research Scholar Grant, Vanderbilt University, $31,886
2010 “The Older, The Stronger: The Interaction Effect of Social Capital with Age on Psychological Distress.” PI. Summer Stipend Award, Research Scholar Grant, Vanderbilt University, $6,000
2007-2008 “Your Body Knows Who You Know: Social Capital and Health Inequality in Urban China.” PI. Summer Research Fellowship, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University, $2,500
2007-2008 “Your Body Knows Who You Know: Social Capital and Health Inequality in Urban China.” PI. Graduate Award for Research and Training in Global Health, Duke University Center for International Studies, $1,000
2002-2003 “Gender Stratification in Status Attainment.” PI. Youth Scholar Fellowship, Research Group of Developing Women and Gender Studies’ Courses, Ford Foundation, ¥5,000 (RMB)

Publications

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Ronald S. Burt, Yanjie Bian, Lijun Song, and Nan Lin (eds.)Forthcoming. Social Capital, Social Support and Stratification: An Analysis of the Sociology of Nan Lin. Edward Elgar.
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Song, Lijun. Forthcoming. “Nan Lin and Social Support.” To appear in Social Capital, Social Support and Stratification: An Analysis of the Sociology of Nan Lin, edited by R.S. Burt, Y. Bian, L. Song, and N. Lin. Edward Elgar.
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Hao, Feng and Lijun Song. Forthcoming. “Environmental Concern in China: A Multilevel Analysis.” Chinese Sociological Review. *
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Song, Lijun. Forthcoming. Review of Guanxi: How China Works? by Yanjie Bian. Social Forces.
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Song, Lijun and Philip J. Pettis. 2018. “Does Whom You Know in the Status Hierarchy Prevent or Trigger Health Limitation? Institutional Embeddedness of Social Capital and Social Cost Theories in Three Societies.” Social Science & Medicine* doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.09.035
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Yin, Zhijun, Jeremy Warner, Lijun Song, Pei-Yun Hsueh, Ching-Hua Chen, and Bradley Malin. 2019. “Learning Hormonal Therapy Medication Adherence from an Online Breast Cancer Forum.” Pp. 233-257 in Social Web and Health Research: Benefits, Limitations, and Best Practices, edited by J. Bian, Y. Guo, Z. He, and X. Hu. Springer International.
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Song, Lijun, Cleothia Frazier, and Philip J. Pettis. 2018. “Do Network Members’ Resources Generate Health Inequality? Social Capital Theory and Beyond.” Pp. 233-253 in Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health, edited by S. Folland and E. Nauenberg. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
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Song, Lijun, Rachel Skaggs, and Cleothia Frazier. 2017. “Educational Homogamy.” Pp. 108-124 in Handbook on the Family and Marriage in China, edited by Xiaowei Zang and Lucy Xia Zhao. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
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Song, Lijun, Philip J. Pettis, and Bhumika Piya. 2017. “Does Your Body Know Who You Know? Multiple Roles of Network Members’ Socioeconomic Status for Body Weight Ratings.” Sociological Perspectives 66(6): 997-1018. Editor’s Pick. *
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Yin, Zhijun, Lijun Song, and Bradley A. Malin. 2017. “Reciprocity and Its Association with Treatment Adherence in an Online Breast Cancer Forum.” The 30th IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (IEEE CBMS), Thessaloniki, Greece. *
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Song, Lijun. 2015. “Does Knowing People in the Positional Hierarchy Protect or Hurt? Social Capital, Comparative Reference Group, and Depression in Two Societies.” Social Science & Medicine 136-137: 117-127. *
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Song, Lijun. 2015. “Does Knowing People in Authority Protect or Hurt? Authoritative Contacts and Depression in Urban China.” American Behavioral Scientist 59(9): 1173-1188. *
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Song, Lijun. 2014. “Is Unsolicited Support Protective or Destructive in Collectivistic Culture? Receipt of Unsolicited Job Leads in Urban China.” Society and Mental Health 4(3): 235-54. *
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Song, Lijun and Wenhong Chen. 2014. “Does Receiving Unsolicited Support Help or Hurt? Receipt of Unsolicited Job Leads and Depression.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 55(2): 144-60. *
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Song, Lijun. 2014. “Social Capital.” Pp. 2143-48 in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, edited by William Carl Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella Quah. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
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Song, Lijun. 2014. “Bright and Dark Sides of Who You Know in the Evaluation of Well-Being: Social Capital and Life Satisfaction across Three Societies.” Pp. 259-78 in Social Capital and Its Institutional Contingency: A Study of the United States, Taiwan and China, edited by Nan Lin, Yang-Chih Fu, and Chih-Jou Chen. London: Routledge.
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Song, Lijun. 2013. “Institutional Embeddedness of Network Embeddedness in the Workplace: Social Integration at Work and Employee’s Health across Three Societies.” Research in the Sociology of Work 24 (Networks, Employment and Inequality): 323-56. *
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Song, Lijun. 2013. “Social Capital and Health.” Pp.223-57 in Medical Sociology on the Move: New Directions in Theory, edited by William Carl Cockerham. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer.
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Song, Lijun and Tian-Yun Chang. 2012. “Do Resources of Network Members Help in Help Seeking? Social Capital and Health Information Search.” Social Networks 34(4):658-69. *
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Song, Lijun. 2012. “Raising Network Resources While Raising Children? Access to Social Capital by Parenthood Status, Gender, and Marital Status.” Social Networks 34(2):241-52. *
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Song, Lijun. 2011. “Social Capital and Psychological Distress.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52(4): 478-92. *
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Song, Lijun, Joonmo Son, and Nan Lin. 2011. “Social Support.” Pp. 116-128 in The Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis, edited by John Scott and Peter J. Carrington. London: SAGE.
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Song, Lijun and Nan Lin. 2011. “Social Capital and Health: An Introduction.” Pp. 229-31 in Social Capital: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, edited by Nan Lin. Volume 3. New York: Routledge.
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Song, Lijun, Joonmo Son, and Nan Lin. 2010. “Social Capital and Health.” Pp. 184-210 in The New Companion to Medical Sociology, edited by William C. Cockerham. Oxford, UK: Wiley- Blackwell.
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Song, Lijun. 2009. “The Effect of the Cultural Revolution on Educational Homogamy in Urban China.” Social Forces 88(1): 257-70. *
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Song, Lijun and Nan Lin. 2009. “Social Capital and Health Inequality: Evidence from Taiwan.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50(2): 149-63. *
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           Reprinted in Nan Lin (ed.). 2010. Social Capital: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences. Volume 4. London: Routledge.

Lin, Nan, Yanlong Zhang, Wenhong Chen, Dan Ao, and Lijun Song. 2009. “Recruiting and Deploying Social Capital in Organizations: Theory and Evidence.” Research in the Sociology of Work 18 (Work and Organizations in China): 225-51. *
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Lin, Nan, Dan Ao, and Lijun Song. 2009. “Production and Returns of Social Capital: Evidence from Urban China.” Pp. 107-32 in Contexts of Social Capital: Social Networks in Communities, Markets and Organizations, edited by Ray-May Hsung, Nan Lin, and Ronald Breiger. New York: Routledge.
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Lin, Juren and Lijun Song. 2006. “Social Mobility of Residents in Shandong Province.” Pp. 145-66 in Contemporary Social Development Studies, edited by Zhonghua He and Juren Lin. Jinan: Shandong People’s Publishing House. (In Chinese)

Lin, Juren and Lijun Song. 2004. “Women’s Educational Status and Educated Opportunities.” Pp. 123-63 in Survey Research on Women’s Social Status in Shandong: 1990-2000, edited by Yulan Zhao, Xingyu Ji, and Ping Zhuang. Beijing: Chinese Women Publishing House. (In Chinese)

Song, Lijun. 2003. “The Field Investigation of Rustic Women in the Urban-Rural Co-Joint Areas—Underprivileged Groups’ Acquisition of Economic Resources in Particular Geographic Context.” Women’s Academy at Shandong 2: 16-20. (In Chinese) *
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Song, Lijun and Juren Lin. 2003. “Gender Difference on Occupational Status Attainment.” Journal of Anhui Agricultural University (social science edition) 12 (2): 70-4. (In Chinese) *

Song, Lijun and Xue Xia. 2003. “Sex Inequality in Employment and Income.” Pp.149-76 in Multiple Perspectives on Gender, edited by Juren Lin. Guangzhou: Yangcheng Evening Paper Publishing House. (In Chinese)

Ni, Anru and Lijun Song. 2003. “Gender Difference in Social Capital Attainment—A New Perspective for Interpreting the Traditional Gender Division of Labor.” Pp. 410-21 in Women’s Social Status in China at the Turn of the Century, edited by Yongping Jiang. Beijing: Contemporary China Publishing House. (In Chinese)

Newsletter Articles

Song, Lijun. 2008. Pop Finance: Investment Clubs and the Investor Populism. Brooke Harrington (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008). Accounts: A Newsletter of Economic Sociology. Volume 7, issue 3.

Song, Lijun. 2008. Managing Network Resources: Alliances, Affiliations, and Other Relational Assets. Ranjay Gulati (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). Accounts: A Newsletter of Economic Sociology. Volume 7, issue 2.

Song, Lijun. 2007. “China in Transition: An Interview with Victor Nee.” Accounts: A Newsletter of Economic Sociology. Volume 7, issue 1.

Translations (into Chinese)

Lin, Juren, Peng Wang, and Lijun Song. 2009. Randall Collins, Interaction Ritual Chains. Beijing: The Commercial Press.

Lin, Juren, Zhongming Ge, Lijun Song, Peng Wang, and Yuxi Xie. 2006. Jonathan H. Turner, Macrodynamics: Toward a Theory on the Organization of Human Populations. Beijing: Peking University Press.

Lin, Juren, Ping Zhao, and Lijun Song. 2001. Michael Mulkay, Science and the Sociology of Knowledge. Beijing: Oriental Publishing House.

Wang, Peng and Lijun Song. 2000. Jonathan H. Turner, “A Theory of Embedded Encounters” in Advances in Group Processes 17: 285-322. Foreign Sociology 6: 54-64.

Works in Progress

Song, Lijun. “Does Whom You Know in the Status Hierarchy Satisfy or Dissatisfy Your Life? Social Capital, Social Cost, and Life Satisfaction in Three Societies.” Under Revise and Resubmit.

Song, Lijun and Yvonne Chen. “Do Social Networks Affect Public Knowledge and Attitudes about Genetic Testing? The roles of Social Integration, Weak Ties, and Social Cohesion.” Under review.

Song, Lijun and Yvonne Chen. “Social Capital and Health.” To appear in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology, edited by William C. Cockerham. Oxford, UK: Wiley- Blackwell. At the draft stage.

Hao, Feng, Lijun Song, and Yvonne Chen. “Mediating Effects of Generalized Trust and Social Integration: Environmental Concern: Evidence from China.” Under review.

Song, Lijun. “Social Capital or Social Cost? Network Members’ Occupational Status, Tie Strength, and Depression in the United States, Urban China, and Taiwan.”

Song, Lijun. Book proposalSocial Cost: A Structural Network Theory.

Song, Lijun and Cleothia Frazier. “Marry Up, Socialize Up? Hypergamy, Gender, and Social Capital across Three Societies.”

Song, Lijun and Ruoh-rong Yu. “Institutional Contingency of Network Embeddedness of Class Identification: Network Members’ Occupational Status and Subjective Social Class in Three Societies.”

Song, Lijun and Chih-Jou Jay Chen. “A Tale of Social Capital Theory Versus Social Cost Theory: Evidence from the 2017 Taiwan ISSP Survey.”

Pettis, Philip J. and Lijun Song. “Racial/Ethnic Homophily and Body Weight among the Sexual Minority.”

Pettis, Philip J. and Lijun Song. “State-Level Contextual Factors and HIV Infection Rates.”