Dr. Steven Rytina
McGill University, Department of Sociology
Sticky Struggles: A talk on social stratification based on networks
Sticky struggles sum up a new approach to social stratification based on networks. Networks are taken as probabilities of renewal of interaction, not bonds that are present/absent. Accumulated co-learning with specific others motivates renewal of ties and discourages rupture. Stratification is circumscribed by network evolution which can be approximated by a first order markov process. This entails the emergence of a macro-structure, a principle dimension of stratification. Re-analysis of occupational mobility data provides ample empirical support.
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