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SOCY-121 Chapter 5

Groups and Networks

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Dyad a group of two
Triad a group of three
Mediator the member of a triad who attempst to resolve conflict between the two other actors in the group
Tertius Gaudens the member of a triad who benefits from conflict between the other two members of the group
Dived Et Impera the role of a member of a triad who intentionally drives a wedge between the other two actors in the group
Small Group a group characterized by face to face interaction, a unifocal perspective, , lack of formal arrangements or roles, and a certain level of equality
Party a group that is similar to a small group but is multifocal
Large Group a group characterized by the presence of a formal structure that mediates interaction and, consequently, status differentiation
Primary Groups social groups, such as family or friends, composed of enduring intimate face to face relationships that strongly influence the attitudes and ideals of those involved
Secondary Groups groups marked by impersonal, instrumental relationships (those existing as a means to an end)
In Group another term for the powerful group, most often the majority
Out Group another term for the stigmatized or less powerful group, the minority
Reference Group a group that helps us understand or make sense of our position in society relative to other groups
Social Networks a set of relations (dyads) held together by ties between individuals
Tie the connection between two peopole in a relationship that varies in strength from one relationship to the next; a story that explains our relationship with another member of our network
Narrative the sum of stories contained in a set of ties
Embeddedness the degree to which social relationships are reinforced through indirect ties (friends of friends)
Strength of weak ties the notion that relatively weak ties often turn out to be quite valuable because they yield new information
Structural Hole a gap between network clusters, or even two individuals, if those individuals have complementary resources
Social Capital the information, knowledge of people or things, and connections that help individuals enter, gain power in, or otherwise leverage social networks
Organizational Culture the shared beliefs and behaviors within a social group; often used interchangeably with corporate culture
Organizational Structure the ways in which power and authority are distributed within an organization
Organization any social network that is defined by a common purpose and has a boundary between its membership and the rest of the social world
Isomorphism a constraining process that forces one unit in a population to resemble other units that face the same set of environmental conditions
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