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This classic study of how 282 men in the United States found their jobs not only proves "it's not what you know but who you know," but also demonstrates how social activity influences labor markets. Examining the link between job contacts and social structure, Granovetter recognizes networking as the crucial link between economists studies of labor mobility and more focused studies of an individual's motivation to find work.

This second edition is updated with a new Afterword and includes Granovetter's influential article "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problems of Embeddedness."

"Who would imagine that a book with such a prosaic title as 'getting a job' could pose such provocative questions about social structure and even social policy? In a remarkably ingenious and deceptively simple analysis of data gathered from a carefully designed sample of professional, technical, and managerial employees . . . Granovetter manages to raise a number of critical issues for the economic theory of labor markets as well as for theories of social structure by exploiting the emerging 'social network' perspective."—Edward O. Laumann, American Journal of Sociology

"This short volume has much to offer readers of many disciplines. . . . Granovetter demonstrates ingenuity in his design and collection of data."—Jacob Siegel, Monthly Labor Review

"A fascinating exploration, for Granovetter's principal interest lies in utilizing sociological theory and method to ascertain the nature of the linkages through which labor market information is transmitted by 'friends and relatives.'"—Herbert Parnes, Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Synopsis:

This classic study of how 282 men in the United States found their jobs not only proves "it's not what you know but who you know," but also demonstrates how social activity influences labor markets. Examining the link between job contacts and social structure, Granovetter recognizes networking as the crucial link between economists studies of labor mobility and more focused studies of an individual's motivation to find work. This second edition is updated with a new Afterword and includes Granovetter's influential article "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problems of Embeddedness."

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-247) and index.

About the Author

Mark Granovetter is professor of sociology and organization behavior at Northwestern University and Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second EditionPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPt. 1: Toward Causal ModelsCh. 1: "Job Search" and Economic TheoryCh. 2: Contacts and Their InformationCh. 3: The Dynamics of Information FlowCh. 4: The Dynamics of Vacancy StructureCh. 5: Contacts: Acquisition and MaintenanceCh. 6: Career StructureCh. 7: Some Theoretical ImplicationsPt. 2: Mobility and SocietyCh. 8: Mobility and OrganizationsCh. 9: Comparative PerspectivesCh. 10: ApplicationsAfterword 1994: Reconsiderations and a New AgendaAppendix A: Design and Conduct of the StudyAppendix B: Coding Rules and ProblemsAppendix C: Letters and Interview SchedulesAppendix D: Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of EmbeddednessReferencesIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226305813
Author:
Granovetter, Mark
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Vocational Guidance
Subject:
Education and guidance
Subject:
Job Hunting
Subject:
Employees
Subject:
Applications for positions
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Careers - Job Hunting
Subject:
Applications for positions -- Case studies.
Subject:
Business-Careers
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
v. 3
Publication Date:
19950331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
259
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , This classic study of how 282 men in the United States found their jobs not only proves "it's not what you know but who you know," but also demonstrates how social activity influences labor markets. Examining the link between job contacts and social structure, Granovetter recognizes networking as the crucial link between economists studies of labor mobility and more focused studies of an individual's motivation to find work. This second edition is updated with a new Afterword and includes Granovetter's influential article "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problems of Embeddedness."
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