The Spatial Dimension of Social Capital: An Exploration Zong-Rong Lee 李宗榮 Institute of Sociology Academia Sinica Taipei, Taiwan. Spatially Bounded Social Interactions
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(1433 respondents report 10807 ties for 22 positions)
People of a higher status tend to connect with others also of a higher status.
Respondents of a higher job prestige tend to have spatially distant networks (that are also more likely to be high in job prestige)
Percentage Distribution of Respondents’ Distances to 22 Positions
The distance b/w egos and alters is highly associated with alter job prestige. Valuable networks are geographically distant!
A Three Way Interaction!
Distance vs. Percentage of Executive Respondents
Extensity: the number of positions accessed (0~22)
Highest Prestige: prestige score of highest position accessed
Range: range of the prestige scores of positioned accessed (difference b/w highest and lowest scores)
Sum of Distance (1~8) for 22 accessed positions
Mean of Distance for 22 accessed positions
In general, we expect social capital that is geographical distant to deliver a better effect on an individual’s acquisition of job information.
>Network resources bounded locally get discounted!
>The greatest effect is at third distance (D3) level.
Network Extensity at Different Levels of Distance
Network Range at Different Levels of Distance
Highest Network Prestige at Different Levels of Distance
Why do ties with strength tend to be WEAK?
Is “ effect.Structural Holes” A Spatial Concept?
Ave. Distance of Robert’s Ties > Ave. Distance of James’ Ties
Thank You! effect.