Social Networks, Solidarity and Inequality


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Titel Social Networks, Solidarity and Inequality
Looptijd 01 / 2006 - 06 / 2007
Status Afgesloten
Onderzoeknummer OND1321614
Leverancier gegevens METIS UU

Samenvatting (EN)

ICS, The Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) is a leading research center and graduate school in the social sciences in the Netherlands, research conceives of social science as being problem-driven rather than data-driven. Theory construction aims at testable explanations of social phenomena rather than conceptual systems without explicit empirical content. Empirical analysis is theory-guided, aiming at deeper explanations (in the Popperian sense) of social phenomena and processes rather than mere descriptions. Such a research strategy is applied to the study of solidarity and inequality, with a focus on how social networks affect solidarity and inequality in different social settings. The research program of the ICS comprises three major elements. The first element is a common research strategy that has been proven to be stimulating and has contributed to defining a clear profile of ICS research. This element of the research program represents continuity. The evolving nature of the program results from shifts in the common field of interest and the focus of research problems. Structure of the research program and research clusters The research program is implemented through five research clusters. One cluster aims at further developing theoretical tools for the study of behavior in social contexts with a focus on networks. A second cluster has the purpose to generate appropriate data sets and to develop methodological tools, with a focus on models for measurement and the statistical analysis of complex (multivariate, multi-actor, multi-event, multi-level) data sets. Three research clusters represent small-scale, medium-sized, and large-scale social contexts, respectively, and constitute substantive domains for executing the research program. The structure of the research program can be represented as a matrix with one dimension formed by theoretical and methodological issues (clusters A, B) and the other by the three substantive domains (clusters C,D, E). This implies that in most ICS research projects, elements of clusters A and B as well as elements of at least one of the clusters C to E are included. Research cluster A: Theoretical tools for the study of behavior in social contexts Research cluster B: Construction of complex data sets and models for measurement and statistical analysis Research cluster C: Families, schools, neighborhoods, work, and leisure Research cluster D: Organizations Research cluster E: Ethnicity and religion

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