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Where do social structures come from?

Kanazawa, Satoshi ORCID: 0000-0003-3786-8797 (2001) Where do social structures come from? Advances in Group Processes, 18. pp. 161-183. ISSN 0882-6145

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0882-6145(01)18007-0


While structuralism and network theory have been enormously successful empirically, they have not been able to explain the origins of social structures and networks. I contend that the emerging field of evolutionary psychology can help us explain how some social structures and networks emerge. I illustrate my point with a persistent empirical puzzle in the social networks literature (why women have more kin in their personal networks than men do), and provide an evolutionary psychological explanation for this phenomenon. I test two implications of this explanation with the 1985 Social Networks module of the General Social Survey. The data provide support for the evolutionary psychological explanation of women's kincentric networks.

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Additional Information: © 2001 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2010 11:25
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:56

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