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Journal Article

Theoretical Foundations for Centrality Measures

Noah E. Friedkin
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 96, No. 6 (May, 1991), pp. 1478-1504
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2781908
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

Three measures of actors' network centrality are derived from an elementary rocess model of social influence. The measures are closely related to, and cast new light on, widely used measures of actors' centrality; for example, the essential social organization of status that has been assumed by Hubbell, Bonacich, Coleman, and Burt appears as a deducible outcome of this social influence process. Unlike previous measures, which have been viewed as competing alternatives, the present measures are complementary and, in their juxtaposition, provide for a rich description of social structure. The complementary indicates a degree of theoretical unification in the work on network centrality that was heretofore unsuspected.

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