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Social Stratification from Networks of Leveling Ties

  • David Schoch
  • Ulrik Brandes
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 813)

Abstract

Social networks can be made of various kinds of ties, but (often implicit) assumptions embodied in network-analytic tools do not necessarily apply to all of them. Centrality indices, for instance, build on the assumption that it is always beneficial to add more ties. While it has been noted that networks of ties with a negative sentiment require different concepts of centrality, we here highlight ties that are neither positive nor negative to have, but an indication of commonality. This is exemplified by the derivation of socio-economic status from networks that indicate common class membership.

Keywords

Social stratification Centrality Leveling ties Interval graphs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Chair of Social NetworksETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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