- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- What is Analytical Sociology All About? An Introductory Essay
- Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range
- Social Dynamics from the Bottom Up: Agent-Based Models of Social Interaction
- Segregation Dynamics
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
- Social Influence: The Puzzling Nature of Success in Cultural Markets
- The Contagiousness of Divorce
- Collective Action
- Conditional Choice
- Network Dynamics
- Threshold Models of Social Influence
- Time and Scheduling
- Homophily and the Focused Organization of Ties
- Dominance Hierarchies
- Game Theory
- Analytic Ethnography
- Historical Sociology
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines homophily — the tendencies for people with similar characteristics to interact with one another — and how social structure gives rise to network autocorrelation more than expected, while at the same time providing a balance against dynamics inducing pure segregation. The article begins with a discussion of two distinct processes by which network autocorrelation can arise from people acting consistently with homophily, their preferences to interact with people like themselves: they can change themselves or they can change their interaction partners. It then considers the social-structural infrastructure of conformity, with particular emphasis on the focused organization of social ties and the limited segmentation of focused organization. It also introduces a model to represent the triplexity of social structure comprised of people, foci, and traits. Finally, it analyzes heterogeneity within and among an individual’s foci of activity.
Christopher Winship is the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, where he also received his Ph.D. Research interests include the Ten Point Coalition, a group of black ministers who are working with the Boston police to reduce youth violence; statistical models for causal analysis; the effects of education on mental ability; causes of the racial difference in performance in elite colleges and universities; changes in the racial differential in imprisonment rates over the past sixty years. With Steve Morgan he recently published Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
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