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Interpersonal Communication by Charles R. Berger

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Malcolm R. Parks and Meara H. Faw

17 Relationships among relationships: Interpersonal communication and social networks

Abstract: Social networks represent relationships among relationships. Regardless of their complexity, all social networks are composed of just two classes of elements: nodes and links. For interpersonal communication scholars, networks are usually defined in terms of links or relationships between individuals. The nature of the linkage can be viewed in terms of the frequency of interaction between individuals, the strength or level of development of their relationship, or in terms of the presence of particular behaviors or conversational topics. The structural characteristics of interpersonal networks may be described in many ...

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