Posts Tagged ‘Social Networks’

If Romeo and Juliet had mobile phones

February 13, 2013

From Mobile Media & Communication

This study looks at how the Mobile Revolution has promoted networked individualism – connectivity that is not bound up in solidary groups. Mobile phones have played a key role in the developed world’s transformation from group-bound societies to networked societies in which people move among sparsely knit networks of diverse others. The authors wonder how Romeo and Juliet’s situation would have differed with access to mobile technology affording personal communication rather than the household-centered communication of the Montagues and the Capulets. Nowadays, Juliet would routinely text or call Romeo. There is little doubt that in their case the course of true love would have been more connected, it is possible they might have lived happily ever after.


Psychiatrists’ labeling practices may be desensitizing the public

June 13, 2012

The labeling paradox: Stigma, the sick role, and social networks in mental illness

From Journal of Health & Social Behavior

Does the growing number of psychiatric disorder diagnoses have an effect on people with mental illnesses? According to this study, as definitions of mental illnesses become broader, people who show signs of depression and other common mental illnesses are less likely to evoke a supportive response from friends and family members as are people with other severe mental disorders.

The author studied interviews conducted with 165 individuals with a range of mental health disorders, who were undergoing treatment for the first time. She found that those with more socially-accepted and commonplace mental illnesses, such as depression and mild mood disorders, did not receive strong reactions to their conditions from family members, friends, or others with whom they came in contact. As a result, their support networks may be less willing to take on caregiver responsibilities or to excuse them when their behavior deviates from what is considered normal. This study also found that diagnosing someone with a severe mental illness that is more outwardly recognizable such as schizophrenia and the manic phase of bipolar disorder can lead to a higher amount of rejection and discrimination by acquaintances and strangers while at the same time creating a stronger social support system among close friends and family.


Trust and social networks facilitate fraud

May 19, 2011

Anatomy of a Fraud: Trust and Social Networks

From Bulletin of Sociological Methodology/Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique

This article examines the link between trust and social networks with the case study of a fraud – the Santa case. It concerns mainly members of theGreenlandmilitary stationed in Agarie. The fraud relates to alleged high-yield financial investments involving companies domiciled in tax havens. Two officers canvassed members of the military to propose so-called high-return investments to them. The interest of this particular case of fraud lies in its duration – more than ten years – and extent nearly 500 victims.

The study recognises that the fraud was only able to take place because of the support furnished by trust devices, serving as guarantee for the sellers. This analysis identifies that the sellers and victims were not only equal in hierarchical status, but also generally belonged to the same armed service. The findings relate to the field of economic sociology and the issue of social embeddedness of market relations under severe uncertainty.


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