Getting a Job: A Study of Contacts and Careers

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1995 - Business & Economics - 251 pages
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

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Toward Causal Models
23
Contacts and Their Information
41
The Dynamics of Information Flow
51
The Dynamics of Vacancy Structure
63
Acquisition and Maintenance
73
Career Structure
85
Some Theoretical Implications
93
Comparative Perspectives
119
Applications
131
Reconsiderations and a New Agenda
139
Appendix A Design and Conduct of the Study
183
Appendix B Coding Rules and Problems
195
Letters and Interview Schedules
201
References
241
Index
249

Mobility and Society
105

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About the author (1995)

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

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