Embeddedness in social networks is increasingly seen as a root cause of human achievement, social stratification, and actor behavior. In this article, we review sociological research that examines the processes through which dyadic ties form, persist, and dissolve. Three sociological mechanisms are overviewed: assortative mechanisms that draw attention to the role of actors' attributes, relational mechanisms that emphasize the influence of existing relationships and network positions, and proximity mechanisms that focus on the social organization of interaction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Annual Review of Sociology|
|State||Published - 2010|
- network evolution
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science