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Social Network Analysis


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What is Social Network Analysis? The data used in social network analysis Is there a network theory? An overview The History of Social Network Analysis The sociogram and sociometry Balance and group dynamics Informal organization and community relations Matrices and cliques Formal models of community and kinship Formal methods triumphant Getting by without the help of your friends Entry of the social physicists Data Collection for Social Network Analysis Asking questions Making observations Using documents Boundaries in relational data Positional and reputational approaches Does sampling make sense? Organizing and Analyzing Network Data Matrices and relational data Matrix conventions An analysis of directorship data Direction and value in relational data Computer programs for social network analysis Terminology for Network Analysis The language of network analysis More than joining up the lines The flow of information and resources Density of connections Density in egonets Problems in density measures A digression on absolute density Community structure and density Popularity, Mediation and Exclusion Local and overall Mediation and betweenness Centrality boosts centrality Centralization and graph centres The absolute centre of a graph Bank centrality in corporate networks Groups, Factions and Social Divisions Identifying subgraphs The components of a network The strength and stability of components Cycles and circuits The contours of components Cliques within components Intersecting social circles Components and citation circles Structural Locations, Classes and Positions The structural equivalence of points Clusters and similarities Divide and CONCOR Divisions and equivalence Regular equivalence in roles and functions Corporate interlocks and participations Social Change and Development Structural change and unintended consequences Small-world networks Modelling social change Testing explanations Visualizing and Modelling Taking space seriously Using multidimensional scaling Principal components and factors Non-metric methods How many dimensions? Worth a thousand words? Elites, communities and influence Business elites and bank power Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

John Scott is an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Essex, Exeter, and Copenhagen. He was formerly a professor of sociology at the Universities of Essex and Leicester, and pro-vice-chancellor for research at the University of Plymouth. He has been president of the British Sociological Association, Chair of the Sociology Section of the British Academy, and in 2013 was awarded the CBE for Services to Social Science. His work covers theoretical sociology, the history of sociology, elites and social stratification, and social network analysis. His most recent books include British Social Theory: Recovering Lost Traditions before 1950 (SAGE, 2018), Envisioning Sociology. Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction (with Ray Bromley, SUNY Press, 2013), Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research (with Gayle Letherby and Malcolm Williams, SAGE, 2011).


'One of my go-to books for Social Network Analysis.' -- Barry Wellman
"Clear, authoritative and accessible; everything you could possibly want and more from a social network handbook." -- Martin Everett

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