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Good thought, Chris. Will try to work it in.


  Barry Wellman
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On Mon, 26 Jul 2010, Weare, Christopher wrote:

> Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 09:21:28 -0700
> From: "Weare, Christopher" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>, [log in to unmask]
> Subject: RE: A challenge: trends AWAY from networks
> 
> One trend you may wish to keep an eye on over the coming year is how the
> market for home mortgages develops.  The height of the securitization
> boom is very much a tale of networks in which mortgages were repackaged
> and sold to far away parties through complex, trust-based exchange
> networks that in retrospect were not very trustworthy.  Current
> reporting on the state of mortgage market is that lenders are being much
> more careful on evaluating the credit worthiness of their borrowers
> requiring direct interaction and observation.  The importance of trust
> and the pervasiveness of information asymmetries may act as strong
> brakes on a return to the fully networked characteristics of the
> pre-meltdown mortgage market.
>
> Chris
>
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> Subject: A challenge: trends AWAY from networks
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> Folks,
>
> Lee Rainie and I have just drafted The Network Revolution chapter in
> which
> we talk about the trend towards a Networked Society. (This is for our
> Networked book -- MIT Press, out in a year.) We document a dozen things,
>
> such as tech (ICTs), interstate hiways (and Euro equivalents), family
> and
> work reconfigurations, etc.
>
> But Lee has issued me a challenge, which I am transitively passing on to
>
> you:
>
> Are there trends leading back to bounded-group based societies in the
> developed world? (Its easy to think of such trends in insecure 3rd world
>
> societies, where people have reason to fear attacks from strangers.)
>
> Looking forward to your suggestions.
>
>  Barry Wellman
>
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