Frontiers of Sociological Research on Networks, Work, and Inequality

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Steve McDonald

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

S. Michael Gaddis

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Sociology; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - California Center for Population Research

Lindsey Trimble O'Connor

California State University Channel Islands

Lindsay Hamm

Purdue University - Department of Sociology

Date Written: January 1, 2013

Abstract

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

McDonald, Steve and Gaddis, S. Michael and O'Connor, Lindsey Trimble and Hamm, Lindsay, Frontiers of Sociological Research on Networks, Work, and Inequality (January 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3871260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3871260

Steve McDonald

Department of Sociology and Anthropology ( email )

North Carolina State University
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S. Michael Gaddis (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Sociology ( email )

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - California Center for Population Research ( email )

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Lindsey Trimble O'Connor

California State University Channel Islands ( email )

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Camarillo, CA CA 93012-8599
United States

Lindsay Hamm

Purdue University - Department of Sociology ( email )

United States

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