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Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life

Mario Luis Small


Social capital theorists have shown that inequality arises in part because some people enjoy larger, more supportive, or otherwise more useful networks. But why do some people have better networks than others? This book argues that the answer lies less in people's deliberate “networking” than in the institutional conditions of the churches, colleges, firms, gyms, and other organizations in which they happen to participate routinely. This book introduces a model of social inequality that takes seriously the embeddedness of networks in formal organizations, proposing that what people gain from t ... More

Keywords: social capital theory, networks, mothers, childcare centers, inequality, urban sociology, organizational embeddedness perspective, brokers, Scott Feld

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195384352
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384352.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mario Luis Small, author
University of Chicago