This is my first post regarding readings in my COMM 506 course instructed by Kate Milberry. Tomorrow’s class will be covering Chapter 4 in Understanding Social Networks: Theories, Concepts, and Findings (2012) by Charles Kadushin.
The chapter is a continuation of Kadushin’s discussion of the basic concepts of social networks and in it he discusses network segmentation. In particular, Kadushin (2012) talks about how groups cluster and are partitioned into the “core and periphery” (p. 45). The core and periphery in simplified terms is what we remember from the playground in school where there was a group of cool kids (the in-crowd) that everyone wanted to be friends with and those outside in the periphery who were aquaintances or wallflowers, not part of the main group.
Taking it further, you can break it down to the point where relationships form depending upon similarities members share or based on what members can offer each other. Usually those in the core will relate to others in the core, but may or may not relate to those in the periphery. Those in the periphery might not relate to anyone in the core, but will likely relate with others in the periphery. If those in the periphery have connections to those in the core, it’s because they provide something of worth to those in the core.
These are quick generalizations that I have taken out of the chapter to help myself better understand it, but I do know that networks and matrixes can become much more complicated than I have alluded to. Yet those complications are what get me in trouble, especially when mathematics and graphs start to get involved. My hope is that discussion with my classmates will better shed light on the subject.