Beauty is in the Mouth of the Beholder: Advice Networks at Haverford College

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Beauty is in the Mouth of the Beholder: Advice Networks at Haverford College

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Title: Beauty is in the Mouth of the Beholder: Advice Networks at Haverford College
Author: Orlansky, Emily
Advisor: McCormick, Lisa
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Sociology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: My study investigates media and personal influence on the everyday use of beauty products. Previous research identifies two roles in the spread of ideas from media: the influential and the imitator. Using social network analysis, I traced a beauty advice network by interviewing 30 women at Haverford College to observe the formation of local network structures in space and the location of imitators and influentials in two different groups. I speculate that friendship can overcome this space barrier and create bridging ties. I also introduce a new role in advice networks, the "transitional," who performs the dual function of influential and imitator. The practical and theoretical implications of the transitional for beauty advice are discussed.
Subject: Cosmetics -- Marketing
Subject: Online social networks -- Pennsylvania -- Haverford
Subject: Haverford College -- Students -- Attitudes
Subject: Social networks -- Psychological aspects
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3707

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Orlansky, Emily. "Beauty is in the Mouth of the Beholder: Advice Networks at Haverford College". 2009. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3707.

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