ERIC Number: ED248080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
When I'm Not With the Friend I Hate, I Hate the Friend I'm With: Contact, Support, and Hostility Networks in Community Life.
Leffler, Ann; And Others
A 1983 four-community survey of 220 rural Utah households had as its central analysis issue the extent to which conflict plays a modulating role in linking network positions. Not only do most network analysis approaches reflect an implicit assumption that network ties involving conflict are mutually exclusive from and incompatible with support ties, but there is a tendency to assume that networks channel only positive relations (the "amiability tilt"). Sites were selected to represent four major types of economic change currently being experienced in nonmetropolitan areas. A method was devised which measured conflict, support, and simple contact in such a way that none presupposed or eliminated another. Conflict definitely represented a common feature of important relationships and was a regular feature of network life. Conflict did not affect all community members in equal degree or form; indeed, male and female conflict patterns were so different that they actually appeared to inhabit socially different communities. Two common stereotypes depict American villages as tranquil and supportive, or riddled with hostility. Not only may both versions be right about the same relations, but the amiability tilt of network analysis needs correction. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Community
Sponsor: Utah State Univ., Logan. Agricultural Experiment Station.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Dept. of Sociology.
Identifiers: Amiability; Utah
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (47th, College Station, TX, August 22-25, 1984).