May 29, 2003

Weak Ties

Lots of people are recommending Mark Granovetter (1973), "The Strength of Weak Ties," American Journal of Sociology 78:6 (May), pp. 1360-80. It is a very nice sociology article indeed...

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A seminal article, certainly. Lots of important work in network theory is out there, of course. The question is whether network approaches are ultimately going to deliver on their promise of specifying varieties of market structures and their dynamics in a more robust way than other attempts to move away from neoclassical models of how exchange works.

Posted by: dn on May 29, 2003 11:26 AM

It is one of those articles whose central thesis can be explained in about a paragraph, and everyone who hears about it (i) sees that it is obviously true and (ii) wonders why they never noticed that phenomenon before.

Posted by: alkali on May 29, 2003 02:18 PM

> and everyone who hears about it
> (i) sees that it is obviously true and
> (ii) wonders why they never noticed
> that phenomenon before.

You're forgetting (iii) Then assumes they *did* know about it before and go on to say "I don't know why sociologists waste their time telling us the obvious."

Posted by: Kieran Healy on May 29, 2003 05:14 PM

I think the point is Granovetter has important implications for information networks......like the 'blogsphere'.

Posted by: Edward Hugh on May 29, 2003 09:51 PM

What the hell is going on in here? Spreading vaste about Granovetterīs weak ties-thesis? You better should tell me some links about GERMAN Social Network Analysis.....

Posted by: Anke Brandstetter on August 11, 2003 09:38 AM
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