Frontiers of sociological research on networks, work, and inequality

Steve McDonald, S. Michael Gaddis, Lindsey B. Trimble, Lindsay Hamm

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


Purpose-The introductory chapter to this special issue highlights contemporary scholarship on networks, work, and inequality. Methodology-We review the last decade of research on this topic, identifying four key areas investigation: (1) networks and hiring, (2) networks and the labor process, (3) networks and outcomes at work, and (4) networks and institutional dynamics. Findings-Social networks play an important role in understanding the mechanisms by which and the conditions under which economic inequality is reproduced across gender, race, and social class distinctions. Throughout the review, we point to numerous opportunities for future research to enhance our understanding of these social processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-41
Number of pages41
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Work
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Frontiers of sociological research on networks, work, and inequality'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this