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Segregation in social networks based on acquaintanceship and trust

Segregation in sozialen Netzwerken, die auf Bekanntschaft und Vertrauen basieren
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DiPrete, Thomas; Gelman, Andrew; Teitler, Julien; Zheng, Tian; McCormick, Tyler

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract "Using newly collected data from the General Social Survey, we compare levels of segregation by race and along other potential dimensions of social cleavage for ties defined in terms of trust and acquaintanceship. We further estimate the size of the trust network and compare its size and structure to recent estimates obtained from the 2004 General Social Survey by McPherson et al. Americans are less disconnected than other recent evidence suggests. However, if racial segregation is the standard, then America is highly segregated across class and values dimensions as well as race and ethnicity. We further find that segregation is insensitive to tie strength. Scholars have long found homophily in close ties, while scholars such as Putnam have looked to weak ties for socially integrative 'bridging' social capital. However, 'bridging' social capital does not appear to be more plentiful for weak ties than it is for strong ties." (author's abstract)
Keywords social network; social capital; social integration; social relations; commitment; social factors; confidence; interdependence; ethnicity; race; segregation; ethnic origin; comparison; United States of America; North America
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Berlin
Page/Pages 37 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Forschungsschwerpunkt Bildung, Arbeit und Lebenschancen, Abteilung Ungleichheit und soziale Integration, 2008-204
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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