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Unformatted text preview: clusters within social networks o If you talk to 2 people, they will form a weak connection (at least), form a new closed triad Weak ties tend to impede triadic closure, and therefore extend beyond specific clusters o Ties within clusters are strong, so what makes the small world phenomenon possible is the presence of weak ties Weak ties therefore increase the overall connectivity of social systems, thus increasing the rate at which things can diffuse through them (solution to small world paradox) The hubs solution-One person who is well connected or a few people, not everyone (the hub)-Similar to what Milgram found Why is the world small? Industrialization, Post-industrialization Specialization, _________ Post-modernity, Contact with weak ties, Bridging Rationalization globalization strangers between Urbanization clusters =Small world...
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Cornwell during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
- Fall '08