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Social Networks and Occupational Structure


Social Networks and Occupational Structure is an ESRC funded project (RES-062-23-2497) examining social interactions by occupational positions. It merges together two existing methodologies.

Social Interaction Distance (SID) can explore occupational stratification, producing measures such as CAMSIS (Cambridge Social Interaction and Stratfication) scales which assign numerical scores to job titles which enable quantitative analysis of the impact of occupational position on a multitude of social factors.

Social Network Analysis (SNA) can examine the interaction patterns between members of different occupations to understand more thoroughly the structure of how relationships develop.

Funded by the ESRC

Together, these methodologies can create a measure of the occupational stratification within a society, with a score assigned to each job title, using social interaction patterns. They can then analysis the underlying structure which produces such scores to advance our knowledge of how occupational stratification develops.

This project will explore multiple types of relationships (marriage, friendships, flatmates and so on) in many countries and across multiple time-points. It aims to advance our understanding of how occupational interaction patterns are formed and identify patterns reproducing inequalities across time and national borders. The role of the expansion of higher education is just one of the areas the research will focus on.

This project is housed in the School of Applied Social Science, within the University of Stirling. The research team consists of Paul Lambert and Dave Griffiths. It runs from October 2010 until September 2012.

Funded by the ESRC

Funded by the ESRC