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Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479884575

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479884575.001.0001

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Networks and Social Worlds

Networks and Social Worlds

(p.61) 3 Networks and Social Worlds

Sonia Livingstone

Julian Sefton-Green

NYU Press

Who do children know, spend time with, or turn to in times of trouble? Who helps with homework, and who do they hang out with online? Chapter 3 constructs a “whole-class network,” finding that through the young people’s own spontaneous practices of mutual connection or disconnection they have sorted themselves into some relatively stable groupings that fit their personalities and interests. These are revealed to be strongly differentiated in terms of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, in ways that are not immediately obvious. But when we explore each class member’s “ego network,” his or her position within the class network turns out to be significant only for some and superficial for many. More important, it turns out, are structures of friendship and family, though these are not always visible at school.

Keywords:   Ego-network, Friendship, Group membership, Social class, Ethnicity, Inclusion and exclusion, Social relations, Peer group, Homework, Online social networks

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