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Unanticipated GainsOrigins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life$
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Mario Luis Small

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195384352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384352.001.0001

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Opportunities and Inducements

Opportunities and Inducements

Why Mothers So Often Made Friends in Centers

(p.51) 3 Opportunities and Inducements
Unanticipated Gains

Mario Luis Small

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines why mothers so often reported making new friends through their children’s childcare centers. It finds that centers, in order to perform the many tasks required for their operation, tended to generate both opportunities and inducements for parents to interact. These ranged from mundane fieldtrips to logistically complex fundraisers. As a result, many of the friends mothers formed were unexpected. The chapter also finds that centers differed dramatically in the extent to which they generated the opportunities and inducements important to tie formation.

Keywords:   tie formation, opportunities, inducements, fieldtrips, fundraisers, for‐profit centers, non‐profit centers, privately funded centers, publicly funded centers

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