Cultural correlates of ego-network closure

Authors: 
Omar Lizardo
Citation: 
Sociological Perspectives 54.3 (2011): 479-487.
Publication Date: 
September, 2011

In this paper, the author extends and further develops research and theory on the relationship between cultural taste and social networks by examining the effects of strength of preference in different cultural domains on the relative closure of personal networks. The results show that as the number of strong preferences held by an individual increases, so do the chances that any two of his or her personal discussion network are connected to one another. In contrast, holding a larger number of weaker preferences results in personal discussion networks characterized by the presence of “structural holes.” The author closes by pointing to the theoretical implications of these results.