Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2012.06.005
Title: Contacts and contexts
Authors: Chua, V. 
Keywords: Contact use
Institutions
Unanticipated gains
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Citation: Chua, V. (2012-10). Contacts and contexts. Social Networks 34 (4) : 534-538. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2012.06.005
Abstract: Theories concerning a possible link between contact use and earnings tend to focus on person-based explanations: (1) rational job-seekers choose between multiple job offers and pick the best available one based on reservation wages (Montgomery, 1992; Krug, in this issue); (2) people make friends with others who share similar statuses, making the link between high-status contacts and earnings spurious (Mouw, 2003); (3) contact-users mobilize job contacts to compensate for deficits in their human capital (Lin, 2000). Such explanations however tend to neglect the larger role of institutional factors. Instead of focusing on the job search as a purely instrumental process, I argue for a need to analyze job contacts and status attainment in terms of more contextual and embedded arrangements. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Social Networks
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52460
ISSN: 03788733
DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2012.06.005
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