02.210TS Who Gets Ahead? Sociology of Social Networks and Social Capital

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How do we attain status and success in society? One of the important premises in studies on status attainment is as follows: “It is not what you know but who you know.” This course focuses on how individuals and institutions build their social networks (connections) and social capital (trust, social influence, status, and resources). The course offers a critical understanding of social networks and social capital as essential factors in determining success and failure of individual and institutional undertakings. The course particularly considers the effects of social networks and social capital formation on education, finding jobs, forming ties, and building teams. This course is designed to balance theories, methods, and applications, drawing from literature in sociology of social networks and social capital suitable for undergraduates and graduates.

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Instructor
Nilanjan Raghunath