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Nice definition, David.
I think I invented the term in the paper I mentioned, but without David's
We used it in the East York study to see if support relationships varied
by being just a dyad or as part of a larger net.
However, I can easily stand to be corrected on inital authorship. It might
have come from Harrison White's lectures at Harvard in the mid 1960s.
One term I do claim authorship for is "network of networks." Actually
"we." Paul Craven and I invented it for our "The Network City" paper in
1973, and now it is all over internet discourse.
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On Fri, 17 Jan 2003, David Gibson wrote:
> Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 10:23:16 -0500
> From: David Gibson <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Definition of structural embeddedness
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> This entails both a mundane empirical observation, and an important
> theoretical claim. The observation is that people have relationships
> with one another, and that these relationships are constituted by
> feelings of obligation and entitlement and by recurring encounters. The
> theoretical claim is that these relationships are important for
> individual-level outcomes, and that, further, it is the structure of
> these relations -- rather than, say, their mere quantity -- that is
> important. Thus, structural embeddedness refers to the patterns of
> relationships in which people (and actors at other levels) are
> recurringly involved, where these patterns are consequential for
> outcomes by virtue of mechanisms of information flow, social influence,
> social comparison, material exchange, social-support provision or
> deprivation, and other mechanisms.
> Van den Bulte, Christophe wrote:
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> >I am looking for a definition of structural embeddedness, either
> >home-made or taken from a previous publication. I already have
> >Granovetter's 1992 paper on "Problems of Explanation in Economic
> >Christophe Van den Bulte
> >The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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