Category Archives: Social network

Theorizing social networks: relational sociology

This paper offers an overview of relational sociology as developed by and around Harrison White. Relational sociology provides a substantial account of social networks, conceptualizing them as real social structures interwoven with meaning. Forms of meaning connected to network configurations … Continue reading

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Embeddedness and empathy: How the social network shapes adolescents’ social understanding

Based on theories of social-cognitive development, the present study investigated the yet unknown social structure that underlies the concept of empathy in adolescence. A total of 3.159 seventh graders (13.67 years, 56% girls) from 166 school classes participated by providing … Continue reading

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How social media networking can be used effectively to foster knowledge sharing

Leaders, consultants, and researchers are increasingly focused on enhancing the adoption of social networking tools to increase knowledge sharing practices and the success rate of organizations. This study was conducted to explore the adoption of social networking applications in public … Continue reading

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When a New Tool Is Introduced in Different Cultural Contexts: Individualism–Collectivism and Social Network on Facebook

What will happen if a new tool is introduced to different cultures? What if the tool can potentially bridge those cultures? Will it be used in the same way across cultures and contribute to a decrease in cultural differences? Or … Continue reading

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The Social Context of Adolescent Friendships: Parents, Peers, and Romantic Partners

We argue that adolescent friendships flourish, or wither, within the “linked lives” of other salient social network ties. Based on structural equation modeling with data from two-time points, we find that young people tend to be in high-quality friendships when … Continue reading

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Networked – The New Social Operating System

Book – Daily life is connected life, its rhythms are driven by endless email pings and responses, the chimes and beeps of continually arriving text messages, tweets and retweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos to post and discuss. Our perpetual … Continue reading

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The burden of reciprocity: Processes of exclusion and withdrawal from personal networks

Reciprocity has been traditionally treated in sociological and anthropological theory as a force of integration that keeps network members tied together through a complex web of obligations and interdependencies. This article suggests that in the context of poverty it can … Continue reading

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Attachment as a Collective Resource: Attachment Networks During Middle Childhood

Attachment theory is commonly used to investigate children’s psychosocial development. To demonstrate cultural variability and to advance the idea of attachment as a collective resource, we assessed children’s attachment networks during middle childhood among the Nseh, a Cameroonian clan with … Continue reading

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Social Network Diffusion

Networks are about connectivity and what is flowing along those connections, how something spreads across a social network is then one of the central questions within social network analysis. The study of network diffusion tries to capture the underlying mechanism … Continue reading

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The role of gender in social network organization

The digital traces we leave behind when engaging with the modern world offer an interesting lens through which we study behavioral patterns as expression of gender. Although gender differentiation has been observed in a number of settings, the majority of … Continue reading

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