Dear Colleagues, 
Please consider contributing to a session on “Changes in Social Networks and Resources through the Life Course” at the XXXVI Sunbelt Conference, April 5-10, 2016 at Newport Beach, California.
We know a quite bit about network dynamics during relatively short periods (e.g. friendship formation in classrooms) but longitudinal studies about changes in networks - and in particular changes in social resources - during one’s life are comparatively scarce and processes are not systematically documented and explained. 
The session invites papers focusing on both, changes in networks as well as changes in social capital through the life course and bringing together theoretical approaches and empirical tests. In addition, papers focusing on methodological issues in the study of network changes are very welcome. 

Organizer: Beate Volker, Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam

Please submit your abstract (not exceeding 500 words) between November 16th 2015 and January 4th 2016, using the conference’s abstract submission system found here:

When submitting your abstract, select the Organized Session title ‘Changes in Social Networks and Resources through the Life Course’ from the list of session titles. The conference website ( provides additional information on the conference.

Thanks for your interest! I am looking forward to having an inspiring session with you!

Kind regards,

Beate Volker

prof. dr. Beate Volker
Dept. of Sociology
University of Amsterdam
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam
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