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social network

  The kin, neighbours and friends to whom an individual is tied socially, usually by shared values, attitudes and aspirations. Such networks may be spatially concentrated, as both cause and effect: people choose to live close to others in their network, thereby maximizing the potential for contact and interaction; and people join networks with their neighbours, reflecting the influence of distance decay on social interaction (cf. community). (RJJ)

Suggested Reading Ley, D. 1983: A social geography of the city. New York and London: Harper and Row.



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