Survey Variable: Social Network Interaction

In addition to the statuses of the people who you know, and the number of acquaintances that you have, an important component of social capital is how often you interact with those acquaintances. The survey asked people a series of questions designed to measure social network interaction, focusing on how often people talk to theirContinue reading “Survey Variable: Social Network Interaction”

Survey Variable: Social Network Size

A key feature of social capital is how many people we know. Some people have large networks of friends and acquaintances whilst others know just a few people. In each case there is also variation in how well people know their acquaintances, and we often have closer and more distant friendships. To investigate these variations,Continue reading “Survey Variable: Social Network Size”

Survey Variable: Occupational Status of Acquaintances

One of the key components of social capital is the status of the people that we know. Status can be measured in numerous ways, but occupation is often taken as a key indicator. Moving in the same circles as judges, military officers, and company directors is a rather different proposition than socialising with call centreContinue reading “Survey Variable: Occupational Status of Acquaintances”

Survey Variable: Organisation Recruitment

As with political acts, after asking about involvement with organisations (by donating, volunteering, becoming a member, or holding an unpaid position) the survey asked about requests to get involved (in those same ways). Again, people were asked whether they had received recruitment requests from a range of people or organisations, and their answers are graphedContinue reading “Survey Variable: Organisation Recruitment”

Survey Variable: Political Acts Recruitment

By far the most common form of recruitment to undertake political acts, as shown in Panel A of Figure 1 (above, using weighted data), is via generic means such mass emails, letters, or social media requests.[1] It is only generic requests and requests from friends (Panel C) that are received by a majority of peopleContinue reading “Survey Variable: Political Acts Recruitment”