Frontiers of Sociological Research on Networks, Work, and Inequality
36 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2021
Date Written: January 1, 2013
Purpose – The introductory chapter to this special issue highlights contemporary scholarship on networks, work, and inequality.
Methodology – We review the last decade of research on this topic, identifying four key areas investigation: (1) networks and hiring, (2) networks and the labor process, (3) networks and outcomes at work, and (4) networks and institutional dynamics.
Findings – Social networks play an important role in understanding the mechanisms by which and the conditions under which economic inequality is reproduced across gender, race, and social class distinctions. Throughout the review, we point to numerous opportunities for future research to enhance our understanding of these social processes.
Keywords: networks, employment, inequality, work, social capital
JEL Classification: J01
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation