The effect of network density and homogeneity on attitude polarization

Elisa Jayne Bienenstock, Phillip Bonacich, Melvin Oliver

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This paper analyzes data from the 1985 General Social Survey to determine if network homogeneity and density magnify social and political attitude differences between racial, gender, educational and religious categories. Network heterogeneity and density both have the predicted effect on attitude differences. The results vindicate the continued interests of social scientists in the role of social networks in the development and transmission of political attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-172
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Networks
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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