Interorganizational homophily and social capital network positions in Malaysian civil society

Erich J. Sommerfeldt, Andrew Pilny, Adam J. Saffer

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The interorganizational relationship communication literature has identified homophily–the tendency for actors to form ties with similar others–as a mechanism predictive of tie formation among organizations in civil society networks. This study examined the connection between homophily and network structures equated with different types of social capital and perceptions of influence. Using survey data gathered from a network of Malaysian civil society organizations (n = 90), exponential random graph models and autologistic actor attribute models were used to test the association between homophily characteristics and the networked social capital positions of bridging, bonding, and gatekeeping. Results showed that bonders and brokers tended to be influenced by homophily, whereas gatekeepers were influenced by heterophily and homophily. Homophily was also associated with the likelihood of CSOs rating each other as more influential on government reform.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-68
Number of pages23
JournalCommunication Monographs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

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  • ERGM
  • Networks
  • civil society
  • homophily
  • social capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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