Social Science 243B/Anthro 289: Network Theories of Social Structure

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The seminar is oriented around the goals of theoretical integration of NSF proposal 2001, including methodology for network analysis of a complex nature (and involving complexity theory) or large scale, and applicability to empirical research.

TEXTS:

Networks: Borgatti's on-line instructional materials

John Scott. 2000 (2nd edition) Social Network Analysis. London: Thousand Oaks. Amazon Price: $25.95. ships within 2-3 days. ISBN: 0761963391 Paperback. see also Social Network Analysis: A Handbook by John Scott

Stanley Wasserman & Katherine Faust (1994) Social Network Analysis. Cambridge Univ Press. Paperback. ISBN: 0521387078

Duncan Watts (1999) Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness. Princeton Univ Press. ISBN: 0691005419

Alain Degenne, Michel Forse (1997) Introducing Social Networks. ISM: London, England. Amazon Price: $31.00 Now, Free Shipping. Currently on back order. They expect to be able to ship within 3-5 weeks.

Recommended:

see Readings in Networks and Complexity for web site materials and the first few weeks READINGS.

review paper on networks and complexity: Statistical Mechanics of Complex Networks June 2001 R╚ka Albert and Albert-LĚsl█ BarabĚsi, submitted to Reviews of Modern Physics. Abstract: Complex networks describe a wide range of systems in nature and society, much quoted examples including the cell, a network of chemicals linked by chemical reactions, or the Internet, a network of routers and computers connected by physical links. While traditionally these systems were modeled as random graphs, it is increasingly recognized that the topology and evolution of real networks is governed by robust organizing principles. Here we review the recent advances in the field of complex networks, focusing on the statistical mechanics of network topology and dynamics. After reviewing the empirical data that motivated the recent interest in networks, we discuss the main models and analytical tools, covering random graphs, small-world and scale-free networks, as well as the interplay between topology and the network's robustness against failures and attacks. Also NYTimes article and general audience review on networks, The Physics of the Web

Rudolf Wille 1996 "Introduction to Formal Concept Analysis" Darmstadt

Bernard Ganter and Rudolf Wille 1999 "Concept Lattices of Contexts" in FORMAL CONCEPT ANALYSIS. Verlag.

John Skvoretz and Katherine Faust 2001 "Relations, Species and Network Structure" University of South Carolina

Powerpoint Presentations Moody: STDs

Web Presentations Powell, White Koput: Biotech Introduction to Centrality Concepts -- Bob Johnson

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