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How social networks are built

The prevailing wisdom about how social networks are built suggests that people's networks are formed mainly by forces outside of their control, such as the neighbourhood they grew up in, schools they attended, or others' interest in networking with them.

While this is true, new research suggests that individuals actually do have agency in building their networks.

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