Culture in network breaks: Tie dissolution as a vehicle of justice

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Abstract

Tie dissolution in non-romantic relations is commonly understood as a structural process. This article challenges this prevailing view by tracing agency behind dynamics of disassociation. It distinguishes between "natural" and "moral" tie dissolution and explores the "broken tie", as a former positive tie turned negative, theoretically and empirically. Data comes from an interview and survey study with 41 respondents with first-hand experience of network change during the transformation from Communist-ruled East Germany to reunified German market society after 1989. A key finding is that accounts of broken ties may be a vehicle to express beliefs about justice in society. Examining breaks in strong ties allows to integrate culture and networks in fruitful ways.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101528
Number of pages14
JournalPoetics. Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts
Volume87
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 504018 Sociology of culture

Keywords

  • 1989
  • BALANCE
  • Crisis event
  • DYNAMICS
  • EAST-GERMANY
  • FACEBOOK
  • FRIENDSHIP
  • Inequality
  • MEMORY
  • NEGATIVE TIES
  • Negative ties
  • PERSISTENCE
  • SOCIAL NETWORKS
  • Unfriending
  • WEAK TIES
  • betrayal
  • Unfriending, betrayal

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