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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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Trust and Obligations

Trust and Obligations

Why Some Mothers’ Support Networks Were Larger Than Their Friendship Networks

(p.107) 5 Trust and Obligations
Unanticipated Gains

Mario Luis Small

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines those conditions under which mothers who were so weakly tied that no theorist would expect them to provide social support often provided such support anyway. It finds that centers both intentionally and unintentionally facilitated trust among parents and instituted obligations that the latter felt compelled to follow. These conditions at times generated a supportive network of acquaintances that mothers could call upon. This network, however, was only useful or important among mothers who were highly isolated or otherwise resource‐deprived.

Keywords:   trust, obligations, James Coleman, social isolation, social support, emergencies

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