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Dear Nancy,

There is a lot of work done on negative ties in general and negative gossip
in particular; specifically in organisational context. See the following

1) Grosser, T. J., Lopez-Kidwell, V., & Labianca, G. (2010). A social
network analysis of positive and negative gossip in organizational life. *Group
and Organization Management*, *35*(2), 177-212. 10.1177/1059601109360391

2)  Beersma, B. and Van Kleef, G. A. (2012), Why People Gossip: An
Empirical Analysis of Social Motives, Antecedents, and Consequences. *Journal
of Applied Social Psychology, 42*: 2640–2670. doi:

3) Ellwardt, L., Labianca, J. & Wittek, R. (2012): Who Are the Objects of
Positive and Negative Gossip at Work? A Social Network Perspective on
Workplace Gossip. *Social Networks 34*(2), 193-205.

4) Grosser, T.J., Lopez-Kidwell, V., Labianca, G. & Ellwardt, L. (2012):
Hearing It Through the Grapevine: Positive and Negative Workplace
Gossip. *Organizational
Dynamics 41(*1), 52-61.

5) Ellwardt, L., Steglich, C. & Wittek, R. (2012): The Co-evolution of
Gossip and Friendship in Workplace Social Networks. Social Networks 34(4),

6) Ellwardt, L. (2011): Gossip in Organizations. A Social Network Study.
ICS dissertation, Groningen

7) Labianca, G., & Brass, D.J. (2006). Exploring the Social Ledger:
Negative Relationships and Negative Asymmetry in Social Networks in
Organizations. *Academy of Management Review*, 31: 596-614.

Hope that helps. If I find more work I am happy to send you. I am working
on negative gossip in organizational context. Still I would be more then
interested to know what turns out for you.Please keep me posted on the
results of your research.


On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 6:45 PM, Worsfold, Nancy <[log in to unmask]>

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> Hello ‘SocNet”:
> I am contacting you hoping that perhaps you can point me in the direction
> of ideas or research with regards to the power of gossip in marginalized
> neighbourhoods.
> Let me explain – I am responsible for crime prevention and community
> safety for the city of Ottawa, Canada.  One of our projects is developing
> support networks to help neighbourhoods recover from tragic incidents such
> as shootings and murders.  We funded some research on the topic of how
> trauma plays out in neighbourhoods because most work on trauma is very
> individually or clinically focused, but we are more interested in
> neighbourhoods and community.   The research entitled “Reactions to
> Trauma on a Community Level
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> is available on our website as are a number of other relevant community
> based research projects on neighbourhoods.
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> One of the key findings in the research was the enormous power of *negative
> gossip* in marginalized neighbourhoods where many of these incidents take
> place.  This is destructive to the fabric of the community and to healing
> from traumatic events.   We released the research, and a few other things,
> at an event with 180 community workers and activists and the general
> consensus seemed to be that negative gossip really is a big problem.  I
> have no idea of how to address this, or even how to think about addressing
> it, there is lots of academic literature about community cohesion and gang
> prevention, but nothing mentions gossip.    Having asked many people where
> I should start – I was directed to your listserve.
> So, I hope you don’t mind me reaching out, but if you have any ideas for
> me, it would be much appreciated.
> Regards,
> Nancy
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