Structural cohesion and embeddedness: A hierarchical concept of social groups

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Journal Article

Although questions about social cohesion lie at the core of our discipline, definitions are often vague and difficult to operationalize. Here, research on social cohesion and social embeddedness is linked by developing a concept of structural cohesion based on network node connectivity. Structural cohesion is defined as the minimum number of actors who, if removed from a group, would disconnect the group. A structural dimension of embeddedness can then be defined through the hierarchical nesting of these cohesive structures. The empirical applicability of nestedness is demonstrated in two dramatically different substantive settings, and additional theoretical implications with reference to a wide array of substantive fields are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moody, J; White, DR

Published Date

  • January 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 68 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 103 - 127

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-1224

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/3088904

Citation Source

  • Scopus