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Social Network Analysis: History, Theory and Methodology

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We live in a world that is paradoxically both small and vast; each of us is embedded in local communities and yet we are only a few 'links' away from anyone else in the world.
This engaging book represents these interdependencies' positive and negative consequences, their multiple effects and the ways in which a local occurrence in one part of the world can directly affect the rest. Then it demonstrates precisely how these interactions and relationships form.
This is a book for the social network novice learning how to study, think about and analyse social networks; the intermediate user, not yet familiar with some of the newer developments in the field; and the teacher looking for a range of exercises, as well as an up-to-date historical account of the field.
It is divided into three clear sections:
1. historical & Background Concepts
2. Levels of Analysis
3. Advances, Extensions and Conclusions
The book provides a full overview of the field - historical origins, common theoretical perspectives and frameworks; traditional and current analytical procedures and fundamental mathematical equations needed to get a foothold in the field.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781412947152
ISBN-10: 1412947154
Pagini: 272
Dimensiuni: 170 x 242 x 20 mm
Ediția: 1
Editura: SAGE Publications
Colecția Sage Publications Ltd
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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The book is a highly recommendable introduction to the field, remarkable for its clarity, accessibility and completeness, with ambitions to fast-forward its readers from beginners’ level up to the point where they can at least appreciate, though perhaps not yet use, advanced models.

"I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in getting acquainted with SNA. Its pragmatic point of view--with recurring hints on how to perform different kinds of analysis using UCINET, a popular software tool for SNA--makes this book especially suitable for practitioners."
This book by Christina Prell more than adequately fulfils a promise to meet the needs of those coming to the field for the first time, the intermediate researcher looking to develop skills in the field and for teachers seeking a comprehensive account that will help inform their students.[...] It offers a straightforwardly clear and practical ‘how to’ together with introductions to the favoured computer software applications – always a valuable insight to the neophyte. Indeed if I were to seek a ‘foothold’ in SNA this is where I would start.

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Introduction: What Are Social Networks?
PART ONE: BACKGROUND UNDERSTANDING
Becoming Familiar with Social Networks
A Brief History of Social Network Analysis
How to Study Social Networks, from Theory to Design
PART TWO: LEVELS OF ANALYSIS
Actor Level in Complete Networks
Actor Level in Ego Networks
Dyad and Triad Levels
Subgroups Level
Network Level
Position and Roles Analysis
PART THREE: Advances, Extensions and Conclusions
Statistical Models for Social Networks
Conclusions and Future of the Field
Appendices
Appendix 1: Getting Started with UCINET
Appendix 2: Exponential Random Graph Modelling and Longitudinal Modelling through Siena
Appendix 3: Calculating Probability for Transitivity Using Actor-Based Models