Getting a Job

Getting a Job is a seminal monograph published by Harvard University Press in 1974. The book is an adaptation of Mark Granovetter’s Ph.D. thesis, Changing Jobs: Channels of Mobility Information in a Suburban Population (1970). The book is particularly notable for introducing the concept of “the strength of weak ties” and consolidating the discipline of new economic sociology. The book is recognized as one of the most highly influential—as well as one of the most frequently cited—sociological works ever published.

The Study

Getting a Job is a study of the ways in which the information that facilitates occupational mobility is located, secured, and utilized. The main thrust of the argument is that job hunting is not a rational economic process and that obtaining jobs via social relations ...

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