Groups and Networks

Here’s an excerpt from a paper by Ophelia T. Morey:

Strength of weak ties is a social network theory introduced by Mark Granovetter. He defines the strength of the tie as a combination of the amount of time, the emotional intensity, the intimacy (mutual confiding) and the reciprocal services that characterize the tie. The stronger the tie between individuals is an indication that they are part of the same social network (Dixon, 2005). [Information Research, Vol. 12 No. 2, January 2007]

Note the odd statement that a strong tie indicates that people are part of the same network. This statement makes sense if we realize that the authors mean “group”  or “clique” when they say “network”.

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