While reading last night I came across the article Social Networks and Group Formation that referenced work by Mark Granovetter and the value of weak ties within social networks. I’m rather keen on this thinking, and since I’ve apparently had my head in the sand and not read his work yet, I’m spending some time reading up on his writing:
- The Strength of Weak Ties (PDF)
- Threshold Models of Collective Behavior (PDF)
- Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness (PDF)
- Threshold Models of Diversity: Chinese Restaurants, Residential Segregation and the Spiral of Silence (PDF)
- The Myth of Social Network Analysis as a Special Method in the Social Sciences (PDF)
- The Strength of Weak Ties: A Network Theory Revisited (PDF)
Hacking the URL in that first link reveals a substantial list with some additional non-related reading in it. Hopefully, you’ll find a few worthwhile links as I did.