, Volume 76, Issue 2, pp 343–368 | Cite as

International graduate training, digital inequality and professional network structure: An ego-centric social network analysis of knowledge producers at the “Global South”

  • Marcus Antonius YnalvezEmail author
  • Wesley Shrum


Based on a face-to-face survey of 312 scientists from government research institutes and state universities in two Philippine locations — Los Baños, Laguna and Muñoz, Nueva Ecija — we examine how graduate training and digital factors shape the professional network of scientists at the “Global South.” Results suggest that scientists prefer face-to-face interaction; there is no compelling evidence that digitally-mediated interaction will replace meaningful face-to-face interaction. What is evident is that among none face-to-face modes of communication a reordering maybe in progress.

The effect of digital factors — expressed through advance hardware-software-user interaction skills — lies on network features pertaining to size, proportion of male and of core-based alters, and locational diversity. International graduate training and ascribed factors (gender and number of children) also configure the professional network of scientists — actors traditionally viewed as the epitome of rationality and objectivity. We argue that these factors influence knowledge production through a system of patronage and a culture that celebrates patrifocality. We forward the hypothesis that knowledge production at the “Global South” closely fits Callon’s [1995] extended translation model of science.


Graduate Education Professional Network Postal Mail Scientific Core Landline Phone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral, Applied Sciences and Criminal JusticeTexas A&M International UniversityLaredoUSA
  2. 2.Louisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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