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More structural holes, more risk? Network structure and risk perception among marijuana growers

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This study examines the relationship between network structure and risk perceptions. We use self-report data on 359 illicit marijuana growers and their personal co-worker networks. Our results show that growers with more structural holes in their co-worker network perceive higher risk of apprehension from law enforcement. We argue that this result is facilitated by two mechanisms: 1) the amount and quality of information available to growers about risks and detection, which uses guidance from Stafford and Warr’s (1993) concept of vicarious deterrence; and, 2) the trust inherent in their network and the growers’ self-awareness of their own network position, which relies on Coleman’s (1988) and Burt’s (2005) ideas of network closure as a protective factor.
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Marijuana, Cannabis cultivation, Perceptual deterrence, Risks of apprehension, Structural holes, Network closure, Vicarious deterrence

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Malm, Aili, Martin Bouchard, Tom Decorte, Marieke Vlaemynck, and Marije Wouters. 2017. “More Structural Holes, More Risk? Network Structure and Risk Perception Among Marijuana Growers.” Social Networks  .
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Malm, A., Bouchard, M., Decorte, T., Vlaemynck, M., & Wouters, M. (2017). More structural holes, more risk? Network structure and risk perception among marijuana growers. SOCIAL NETWORKS  .
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Malm A, Bouchard M, Decorte T, Vlaemynck M, Wouters M. More structural holes, more risk? Network structure and risk perception among marijuana growers. SOCIAL NETWORKS  . 2017;
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Malm, Aili, Martin Bouchard, Tom Decorte, et al. “More Structural Holes, More Risk? Network Structure and Risk Perception Among Marijuana Growers.” SOCIAL NETWORKS  (2017): n. pag. Print.
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  journal      = {SOCIAL NETWORKS                                },
  keyword      = {Marijuana,Cannabis cultivation,Perceptual deterrence,Risks of apprehension,Structural holes,Network closure,Vicarious deterrence},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {More structural holes, more risk? Network structure and risk perception among marijuana growers},
  year         = {2017},
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