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.
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.