***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** I sent an earlier email requesting info. on egocentric data. Here is some additional information. My advisor is Pam Popielarz. Some of my research questions are the following: Do networks rich in supportive ties affect transitions into the labor force? For persons in the low-income labor force, do supportive ties assist them in keeping their job? Is there a difference across sex? In other words, would women leaving welfare, entering the labor force for the first time, rely more on supportive ties (like those that provide them with informal forms of child care [research suggests that few women use available subsidies, while many rely on informal care], perhaps informal loans, assistance with transportation when there's no money for the bus, etc.) then their male counterparts entering the labor force from unemployment (very small % of males on welfare)? If supportive ties assist low-income folks in keeping their jobs, is reciprocity an issue? If supportive ties help at the beginning of a transition into the labor force (either from welfare or unemployment), do reciprocity demands reverse this effect? These are some of the questions I've been thinking about. I'm still in the process thinking, reading, and searching. It seems there are a number of different directions in which the support literature goes (i.e. away from network analysis), so this process is certainly challenging. I think egocentric data with lots of questions about labor force participation & network ties both related to their LFP & daily life is what I'm looking for, and of course questions about who they give/receive help (types, too) to/from & how frequently & for how long seems important also. Thanks. Robin Shirer Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology University of Illinois at Chicago [log in to unmask] _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.