Social Networks and Construction of Culture: A Socio-Semantic Analysis of Art Groups

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This paper explores the relations between social ties and cultural constructs in small groups. The analysis uses cross-sectional data comprising both social networks within three art groups and semantic networks based on verbal expressions of their members. We examine how positions of actors in the intragroup social networks associate with the properties of cultural constructs they create jointly with other group members accounting for different roles actors play in collective culture constructing. We find that social popularity rather hinders sharing of cultural concepts, while those individuals who socially bridge their groups come to share many concepts with others. Moreover, focusing and, especially, integration of cultural constructs, rather than mere ‘thickness’ of those, accompany intense interactions between the leaders and the followers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-796
JournalStudies in Computational Intelligence
StatePublished - 2017

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