Is work the new neighborhood? Social ties in the workplace, family, and neighborhood

Eric Dahlin, Erin Kelly, Phyllis Moen

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Abstract

The work-family literature emphasizes how work intrudes into family life, and some scholars suggest that social ties based in the workplace may be replacing ties to family or neighbors. Using data from the Ecology of Careers Panel Study, we describe the prevalence of strong ties with family, coworkers, and neighbors in a dual-earner, middle-class sample. We also examine which respondents are more likely to have strong ties in the workplace. We find that most respondents do not have any strong ties with coworkers; however, coworker ties are much more common than ties to neighbors. Additionally, there are gender differences in network ties and these differences may have important consequences for social support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-736
Number of pages18
JournalSociological Quarterly
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

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