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The present paper suggests a possible framework to analyze the impact of changes to the economic and social environment on the topology of networks formed. Economic (costs) and social (norms) constraints bind individuals in their ability to create ties with others. When global phenomena affect these constraints, the overall shapes of resulting networks naturally alter. The author attempts to shed light on this relationship. The present paper aims to evaluate the way in which changes to the economic and social environment naturally translate into changes in the networks of interactions formed. The latest wave of globalization, for example, is redefining the face of communication on a world scale.
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