Aggression, Exclusivity, and Status Attainment in Interpersonal Networks

  title={Aggression, Exclusivity, and Status Attainment in Interpersonal Networks},
  author={Robert W. Faris},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={1207 - 1235}
This paper engages two core ideas: first, that status mobility is facilitated through connectivity, or having a large number of ties to others, as suggested by theories of social capital and social networks; and second, that aggression is an expressive or irrational reaction to frustrations, humiliations, or social pathologies. In contrast, I argue that in certain contexts, both of these propositions are reversed: status is attained through selective bridging rather than high network… 

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