Pipes or Prisms? Personal Networks, Network Mechanisms, and Formal Support Receipt in the Wake of Deepwater

Kyle Puetz, Brian Mayer

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Abstract

Social networks are commonly discussed in reference to processes of disaster recovery but rarely explicitly measured. We employ a mixed-methods approach drawing upon the personal-network data of 265 oyster workers in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and qualitative accounts of individual experiences during the recovery process. We find evidence of two potential mechanisms linking network structure with the receipt of formal support: a networks-as-pipes approach linking networks and access to relevant information in the wake of a disaster and a networks-as-prisms approach where networks signal their social identities, shaping post-disaster actions and behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSociological Quarterly
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • community and urban sociology
  • Environment and technology
  • organizations, occupations, and work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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