***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** Our East York research into interpersonal ties clearly showed that one of Granovetter's criteria for strong ties, frequent contact, was independent of other criteria: structural embeddedness, perceived social closeness. Frequent contact predicted to routine material aid. The other criteria (which we called "tie strength") predicted to sociability and emotional aid. In short, social capitalists should maintain a diversified portfolio. See Wellman and Wortley's papers in Sociological Perspectives (1989) and American Journal of SOciology (1990): the latter is on my website. Barry ___________________________________________________________________ Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director [log in to unmask] http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto 455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162 ----------------------------------------- Just Out: _The Internet in Everyday Life_ Barry Wellman & Caroline Haythornthwaite, eds. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002 ___________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ 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.