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Unformatted text preview: SYG 2000 9/12 Slides Networks & Social Experience Network: a type of group that is both looser & denser than a formal group Social connectedness can produce interaction patterns that have lasting influences on the lives of people within & without the group  Ex: Prep school -> acquisition of cultural capital -> preparation for life as an elite; board of directors of largest companies -> went to same Ivy League schools Provides support in times of stress/illness, usually for short periods of time -> dependent on ability to offer something in exchange Primary ties & secondary ties Strong ties & weak ties  Strength of weak ties -> provision of information or resources not accessible from those we know Networks & Globalization New technologies -> easier to form groups around the world Internet  Find those with uncommon interests  Greater anonymity & creativity Networks make up communities, yet the influence of globalization has shown that networks are shrinking  Americans more socially isolated now than in the 80s  Consequences -> cities (most socially isolated areas) have higher rates of suicide  LESS isolated -> increasing means to contact and communicate with others Largely secondary groups designed to accomplish specific tasks in an efficient manner...
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