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Hubs as Catalysts for Geospatial Communication in Kinship Networks

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Earlier studies in kinship networks have primarily focused on observing the social relationships existing between family relatives. In this paper, the authors pre-identified hubs in the network to investigate if they could play a catalyst role in the transfer of physical information. They conducted a case study of a ceremony performed in one of the families of a small Hindu community - the Uttar Rarhi Kayasthas. Individuals (n = 168) who resided in 11 geographically dispersed regions were contacted through their hub-based representation. They found that using this representation, over 98% of the individuals were successfully contacted within the stipulated period. The network also demonstrated a small-world property, with an average geodesic distance of 3.56.

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