The Strength of Strong Ties: the dynamics of social capital exchange among Mexican undocumented migrants

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Abstract

The organizational literature has emphasized the advantages of open, non-dense heterogeneous networks, as exemplified by Granovetter’s (1973) strength of weak ties hypothesis. He argues that, when it comes to finding a job, the quality of information spread by weak ties (acquaintances) in an heterogeneous, open network is better than that spread by strong ties (close friends and relatives) in a dense clique like closed, homogenous network, as the latter tends to be redundant and thus of limited utility in finding work. Granoveter (1982) some years after his celebrated paper on the “strength of weak ties” (Granoveter 1973) noted that strong ties may be more effective under conditions of high risk and uncertainty where he emphasized the use of strong ties among the poor and the unemployed as a survival strategy. In this paper, I present empirical evidence mainly drawn from unique network survey data collected in four communities of different sizes in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico to p
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Jan 2006

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