Reassembling the Social Environment: A Network Approack to Human Behavior

Dhrubodhi Mukherjee

Abstract


This paper critically examines the influence of the structural elements of human behavior that are often neglected in social work literature (Robbins et al., 1998). It incorporates a new multi-theoretical framework that critically examines the significance of a network approach in analyzing social, ideological, and economic structures and their influence on individual actors. This paper discusses two interrelated theories: social network theory and social capital theory, and critiques their relevance in explaining human behavior for social work educators and professionals in an increasingly information-driven and electronically-interconnected
global society. The author hopes that an expanded theory base will provide a holistic view of individual problems stemming out of inequitable social structure.

Keywords


Social capital; social network; structural analysis; network perspective; macro-theory

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