Lecture 16 notes - have skills, motivation, training, then...

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Lecture 16 notes 3/10/09 How much you make is based on how productive you are Sociologists believe that there are more factors involved in determining wage Affects advantages and disadvantages Jenck’s model: Not really about luck; talking about something we have no control over and something we have no ability to predict; can’t do anything about it (cant choose family we are born into); cant predict a lot of things (the weather) Granevetter’s “Getting a job” Role of social networks in getting a job Job seekers and employers rely on contacts because they don’t have all information Idea of universalism: same rules apply to everyone--equal opportunity; if you
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Unformatted text preview: have skills, motivation, training, then best person should get the job because it is a fair playing field If ability to get job depends on knowing right people, that cuts into the idea of universalism Networks: Tend to feel better about job if you got it through a contact 6 degrees of separation Ron Burt Positions where you are in an intermediary position between different clusters Everyone is connected Structural holes: better jobs, promoted faster, more money in jobs they are in, higher profit rates Having contacts that are disconnected from one another, occupy structural holes, are more creative, have more diverse forces...
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 315 taught by Professor Mizruchi during the Winter '09 term at University of Michigan.

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