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Social Networks of Meaning and Communication

Jan Fuhse


Social structures can be fruitfully studied as networks of social relationships. These should not be conceptualized, and examined, as stable, acultural patterns of ties. Building on relational sociology around Harrison White, the book examines the interplay of social networks and meaning. Social relationships consist of dynamic bundles of expectations about the behavior between particular actors. These expectations come out of the process of communication, and they make for the regularity and predictability of communication, reducing its inherent uncertainty. Like all social structures, relati ... More

Keywords: communication, culture, ethnic category, gender, group, institution, meaning, relational sociology, role, social network

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190275433
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190275433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Fuhse, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Bremen