Tie Dormancy and Reactivation
Alexandra Marin, University of Toronto, Department of Sociology, [log in to unmask]
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.