Definitions

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  • adj. homophilic

Etymologies

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homo- + -philous

Examples

  • Diffusion networks for a new rice variety were more homophilous in the traditional village.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • In the more traditional village, diffusion network links were highly homophilous; Brahmins talked to Brahmins, Harijans talked to Harijans, and so forth.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • Rural development workers follow this progressive client strategy because they cannot reach all of their clients, so they concentrate on their most responsive clients, with whom they are most homophilous.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • Interpersonal diffusion networks are mostly homophilous Generalization 8-1.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • Heterophilous sources/channels (like professional change agents) are perceived as having competence credibility, while homophilous sources/channels (like aides) are perceived as having safety credibility.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • So homophilous communication may be frequent and easy but may not be so crucial as the less frequent heterophilous communication in diffusing innovations.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • An obvious principle of human communication is that the transfer of ideas occurs most frequently between two individuals who are similar, or homophilous.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • Generalization 8-17 states: Individuals tend to be linked to others who are close to them in physical distance and who are relatively homophilous in social characteristics.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • Closely linked peers in an interlocking network seldom exert their potential influence because this type of homophilous, high-proximity personal network is seldom activated by information about an innovation.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • Homophily occurs frequently because communication is more effective when source and receiver are homophilous.

    Diffusion of Innovations

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