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Chang Lin and I are organizing a session on tie dormancy and reactivation
at the 2016 Sunbelt.

To submit abstracts upload them through the Sunbelt abstract submission
site ( ) and select "Tie
Dormancy and Reactivation" as the proposed session. The deadline is January

Additional details below.


*Tie Dormancy and Reactivation*


Alexandra Marin, University of Toronto, Department of Sociology,
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Chang Z. Lin, University of Toronto, Department of Sociology,
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Relationships change, and ties that were once significant sometimes
fade or disappear.
Having once existed, however, these ties retain the potential to re-emerge,
mobilized like sleeper cells, as circumstances or needs change. The
transition of ties to dormancy and/or reactivation provides
flexibility in balancing
the costs of maintaining a network against fluctuating needs for support or
resources. And the potential for reactivation of dormant ties means that
some networks may offer potential access to more resources than they appear
to have. The session organizers will consider submissions relevant to all
aspects of dormancy and reactivation, including 1) the processes by which
ties become dormant or reactivated; 2) meaning and measurement of dormancy
and reactivation; 3) costs and benefits of allowing ties to become dormant
and re-activating ties.

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