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though I have no experience with research on ideology, I will try to
suggest something relevant to your topic.
By using positional analysis, a network is partitioned in order to
gauge, among other things, to what extent it is composed of dominant
and dominated positions, depending on the resulting structural
patterns. This does not necessarily encompass any substantive
considerations regarding those whom act as dominant or dominated
players. This is a matter of attributes rather than structure.
Nonetheless, those standing in dominant positions may have idelogical
perspectives that will differ from the dominated ones, and this should
have something to do with their network positions. We can assume that
such idelogical perspectives do reinforce the positioning and vice
versa, in that those sharing the same opinions, believes, and so
forth, will probably group together and this will have an influence on
the patterns of their relations. In turn, this will affect positions
in the network.
I'm sure you already know some of the (quite abundant) literature
about this, but I hope to have given a tiny contribution to your
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> Hi everyone,
> I'm working on a paper and need some advice.
> I'm interested in how different types of network positions may
> influence ideological perspective. I'm familiar with the literature
> that deals with the correlation between network/field position and
> things like tastes and values, but what I want to know is if anyone
> has dealt with whether, for example, members of majority groups tend
> to have different ideological perspectives than members of minority
> groups as a result of that structural relation. Sort of a relational
> version of the maxim that "where you stand depends on where you
> sit". A bit vague, I know, but any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Best wishes,
> Stephen Larin
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