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ERIC Number: EJ1125387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0038-0407
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Cohorts, "Siblings," and Mentors: Organizational Structures and the Creation of Social Capital
Cox, Amanda Barrett
Sociology of Education, v90 n1 p47-63 Jan 2017
How can an organization help participants increase their social capital? Using data from an ethnographic study of Launch, an organization that prepares low-income students of color to attend elite boarding schools, I analyze how the organization's structures not only generate social ties among students but also stratify those ties horizontally and vertically, thereby connecting students to a set of social contacts who occupy a range of hierarchical positions and who are able to provide access to resources that are beneficial in different contexts and at different times. I argue that organizational structures can function as tools for building--and embedding participants within--social networks with advantageous structural characteristics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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