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Network Introduction Concept Sociology


  • Set of relationships or links
  • Social relationships among individuals in the society
  • Smallest units of social behaviour which can be observed
  • Also called personal networks extracted from total network in society


  • E. g. , Part of family network by virtue of being born in that family
  • E. g. , Social networks, voluntary membership
  • Social networks are:
    • Consciously β€˜created’
    • Structured
    • Series of social relationships
    • Certain order
    • Made to achieve goals


  • Social factors
  • Role of individuals
  • Continuity
  • They represent nature of links (how they are related) among individuals
  • Reliable ones are recruited into a network on the basis of trust
  • Helps in mobilizing resources
  • A chain of social relationships with society as the only boundary
  • The total chain of social relationships coincides with society itself

Personal Network

  • A set of links an individual creates around him
  • Can be structurally diverse i.e.. , kinship based, friendship based, etc.
  • Some important characteristics:
  • Anchorage
  • Density
  • Reachability
  • Range
  • Content
  • Directedness
  • Durability
  • Intensity
  • Frequency
  • Anchorage:
    • ego as Centre and coordinator of his network
  • Density:
    • density of social relations
    • How well they know each other
  • Reachability:
    • Trust and reliability
    • Also called mobilizable
  • Range:
    • Limit of direct and regular contacts
    • Can be over telephone or face to face
  • Content –
    • context based
    • Being informal with friends
  • Directedness
    • One sided or reciprocal
  • Durability
    • Stability and continuity
  • Intensity
    • Accepting obligation
  • Frequency
    • Number of interactions


Q. 1. In a mob, the directedness is ________

1. Reciprocal

2. Dyadic

3. One sided flow

4. None of these

Answer: 3

Q. 2. The classification of characteristics of personal relationship is of two types:

(1) Morphological and interactional

(2) Anchorage and morphological

(3) Mobilizability and centricity

(4) Centricity and interactional

Answer 1

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