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Lijun Song

 

Office: 220 C Garland Hall
Phone: 615-322-1731
lijun.song@vanderbilt.edu

Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University with a secondary appointment in the Asian Studies Program. What are the social causes and consequences of social networks across society and time? My scholarly work connects and contributes to four major specialty areas: social networks, medical sociology and mental health, social stratification (gender, race/ethnicity, and SES/class), and comparative historical sociology. It also extends the literature on marriage and family, education, work and occupations, social psychology, aging and life course, body, media, and environment. I investigate three major research themes: how social networks produce inequalities in health and well-being, how social networks generate social stratification, and how social forces stratify social networks. The network-based concepts I analyze include accessed status (network members’ status), social capital, social cost, social support, social integration, reference group, social comparison, social cohesion, and tie strength. The social stratifiers I study include age, gender, race/ethnicity, SES, and class. The major well-being outcomes I examine include health, mental health, health information search, life satisfaction, lifestyle, body weight, genetic privacy, and environmental concerns. Link to my website https://my.vanderbilt.edu/lijunsong/ and  Google Scholar.

Publications

(*graduate student co-author, **peer-reviewed articles)

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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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 Ltd.
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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. “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. June 2017.**
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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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Book Reviews & Interviews

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.