A Longitudinal Analysis of Gendered  Association Patterns: Homophily and Social  Distance in the General Social Survey


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A Longitudinal Analysis of Gendered  Association Patterns: Homophily and Social  Distance in the General Social Survey

Matthew E. Brashears

Keywords : General social survey, discussion relations, gender, social distance, homophily, longitudinal, ego networks

Citation Information : Journal of Social Structure. Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 1-26, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/joss-2019-013

License : (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Published Online: 13-August-2019



How has the passage of time impacted the ego networks of males and females? I compare the homophily and social distances of males and females using the 1985 and 2004 GSS networks modules. The results indicate that change has been gradual and incremental rather than radical. In 2004 less social distance separates associates for women than for men, and males differentiate more among levels of education. The results suggest that macro-level structural changes have not been sufficient to produce similarly large changes in ego network composition.

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