Social Networks Matter. But How ?

Florence Passy

in Social Movements and Networks

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251780
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599057 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 Social Networks Matter. But How  ?

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Identifies specific network mechanisms at the individual level and illustrates how different social networks affect recruitment and individual participation in different voluntary organizations and social movement organizations. Socialization functions of social networks create an initial disposition to participate; structural‐connection functions generate practical opportunities for involvement; decision‐shaping functions affect the ultimate decision to take part. Empirical evidence comes from members of two political organizations active in the solidarity movement and the environmental movement in Switzerland, the Bern Declaration and WWF.

Keywords: decision‐making; environmental movement; participation; recruitment; social movement organizations; social networks; socialization; solidarity movement; Switzerland; voluntary organizations

Chapter.  11842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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