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Call for Submissions “Changes in Ego-Centered Personal Networks: Causes, Differences, and Consequences” at Sunbelt 2018

Personal relationships and the composition and structure of personal networks are very dynamic. Many studies based on ego-centered network data have confirmed this notion, both for the short run and over the course of people’s lives. Comparatively little is known about:

(a) causes of these network changes, which may be found on multiple levels, including the individual level (e.g., life course transitions; strategic choices), the network level (e.g., structural network embeddedness), and the contextual level (meeting opportunities; institutional conditions; cross-national variations);

(b) differences between social groups (e.g., related to age, ethnicity or subcultures);

(c) consequences of network changes (e.g., changes in social capital that affect individual life chances; social cleavages that affect social cohesion and solidarity, etc.).

I invite original contributions on these issues related to ego-centered personal networks for this organized session at Sunbelt 2018. Contributors may address theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, innovative methodological approaches/issues, and/or methodological concerns that affect research findings and conclusions.

Key words: personal networks; changes; causes; consequences; social resources; social cohesion


Sunbelt 2018 will take place June 26 – July 1 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations for this organized session can be submitted at https://sunbelt.sites.uu.nl/abstract-submission/. Please limit your abstract to 250-500 words and select the appropriate organized session name during online submission.

Submissions are due 1 February 2018

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by March 2018.


If you have any further questions about this session, please contact me at: [log in to unmask] 

I look forward to your submissions!

Gerald Mollenhorst


Dr. G.W. Mollenhorst

Dept of Human Geography and Spatial Planning 

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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