Telephone sociability networks
This article aims to contribute to social network analysis through a study of telephone sociability. After reviewing the procedures used for apprehending the structure of sociability networks, several types of personal networks are defined through an analysis of relations conducted by telephone. While some of these networks involve a mere sum of interpersonal ties, with networks composed of an entire set of different types of ties contrasting sharply with those characterized by virtual absence of all ties, others reveal the existence of networks based on preference, where the relevant opposition is between two types of exclusive ties : family and friendship. Social status does not suffice to understand such relational choices ; these seem to involve instead a variety of distinctions associated with two relatively new modes of life : living alone and living outside the world of work. When these new dimensions are used to read these different types of sociability, we see that increasingly complex factors need to be used to understand social behaviors.