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Mark Granovetter

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Mark Granovetter
Joan Butler Ford Professor of Sociology
Joan Butler Ford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
A.B. Princeton University 1965 Modern History
Ph.D. Harvard University 1970 Sociology


Mark Granovetter's main interest is in the way people, social networks and social institutions interact and shape one another. He has written extensively on this subject, including his two most widely cited articles "The Strength of Weak Ties" (1973) and "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness" (1985). In recent years, his focus has been on the social foundations of the economy. His book, Society and Economy, is to be published by Harvard University Press in two volumes. The first volume is broadly theoretical, treating the role in the economy of social networks, norms, trust, power and institutions. Entitled Society and Economy: Framework and Principles, it appeared in early 2017.  The second volume, Society and Economy: Cases and Applications, will use this framework to illuminate the study of such important topics as corruption, corporate governance, organizational form and the emergence of new industries such as the American electricity industry and the high-tech industry of Silicon Valley.  

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Oct 14 2015
Mark Granovetter's well-known theory on riots is profiled in Malcolm Gladwell's latest piece in The New Yorker. The article is also highlighted in NPR's Morning Edition. How School Shootings Spread An increasingly ritualized form of violence is attracting unexpected perpetrators. http://www....
Oct 13 2014 | Stanford News
Stanford Scholars Among the Most Cited Thomson Reuters selects its Citation Laureates based in large part on the number of times their work is cited by fellow colleagues. The group looks at high-impact publications, total citation counts, and citations per paper relative to field averages. Read the...