Social Science 241B/Anthro 289: Network Theory and Social Complexity

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The seminar [was originally] oriented around (1) how to convert ethnographic or social historical data to a relational network of small or large scale, with additional research data on the nodes and multiple relations, (2) how to analyze such data, and (3) how to write up your findings. Two new texts currently in press are now available explicitly for this purpose, and advance copies will be made available.

Now, however, added readings will include a selection from

  • Bruggeman
  • Reader by Watts, Newman, Barabasi
  • Dynamic Social Network Modeling and Analysis: Workshop Summary and Papers by Workshop on Dynamic Social Network Modeling and Analysis, Kathleen M. Carley, Philippa Pattison, and Ronald L. Breiger Paperback - Feb 2004)
  • Weak Links: Stabilizers of Complex Systems from Proteins to Social Networks (The Frontiers Collection) by Peter Csermely (Hardcover - April 28, 2006)
  • The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture by Mark C. Taylor (Paperback - Sep 1, 2003)
  • Complexity, networks and knowledge flow [An article from: Research Policy by O. Sorenson, J.W. Rivkin, and L. Fleming (Digital - Sep 1, 2006)
  • Graphs, Networks and Algorithms (Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics) by Dieter Jungnickel (Hardcover - Nov 29, 2004)
  • Complex Graphs and Networks (Cbms Regional Conference Series in Mathematics) by Fan Chung and Linyuan Lu (Paperback - Aug 28, 2006)
  • Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks by Mark Buchanan (Paperback - Jun 2003)
  • Social Networks and Organizations by Martin Kilduff and Wenpin Tsai (Hardcover - Sep 9, 2003)
  • Complex Social Networks (Econometric Society Monographs) by Fernando Vega-Redondo (Paperback - Jan 8, 2007)
  • Social Networks and Trust (Theory and Decision Library C:) by Vincent Buskens (Hardcover - Mar 23, 2007)
  • Evolution of Social Networks by P. Doreian (Paperback - Jul 21, 1997)
  • Social Networks and Social Exclusion: Sociological and Policy Perspectives by Chris Phillipson, Graham Allan, and David H. J. Morgan (Hardcover - Mar 2004)

  • Articles
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    On line Texts: Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek de Nooy, Wouter, Andrej Mrvar and Vladimir Batagelj. 2003 (forthcoming). links to EXE self exploding files with data for the book

    Networks: Borgatti's on-line instructional materials

    Addl Texts:

    PajekBook.jpgExploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek 2005. Wouter de Nooy, Andrej Mrvar, Vladimir Batagelj $39.99, paperback.

    John Scott. 2000 (2nd edition) Social Network Analysis. London: Thousand Oaks. Amazon Price: $27.95. ships within 2-3 days. ISBN: 0761963391 Paperback. See also: Social Network Analysis: A Handbook by John Scott

    Week 1 - discuss in 2

    Literature Review: Ties (Weak vs. Strong) Encyclopedia of Community

    Generalized Blockmodeling with Pajek: Generalized Blockmodeling : The Modeling Language ("Model 2" handoug)

    de Nooy, chapter 12 on blockmodeling

    Week 2 - discuss in 3

    de Nooy, chapter 2 on world system (attributes and relations), 6 on Center and Periphery (try center/periphery blockmodel with Model 2 language and *.mdl), 10 on Ranking.

    Cohesive Subgroups and Role Equivalence: Sampson Monastery examples

    Community: Girvin and Newman on edge betweenness deletion

    leftright divisive cohesion: Valdes Krebs

    Curvature of co-links uncovers hidden thematic layers in the world-wide web. Jean-Pierre Eckman and Elisha Moses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (US), 99, 5825-5829 (2002). Curvature (pdf slides)

    1993 Bearman, Peter S. and Kevin D. Everett. "The Structure of Social Protest: 1961-1983." Social Networks 15:171-200. Bearman: other pubs on-line

    de Nooy, chapter 10 on Ranking

    Triad and Tetrad censuses: Network Motifs: Science 2002

    Week 4 - discuss in 5

    discussion of projects

    2003 Walter W. Powell, Douglas R. White, Kenneth W. Koput and Jason Owen-Smith. Network Dynamics and Field Evolution: The Growth of Interorganizational Collaboration in the Life Sciences. Submitted to: American Journal of Sociology

    de Nooy, chapter 8 on diffusion

    Week 5 - discuss in 6

    Literature Review: Structural Holes

    All the World's a Net (pdf)

    Readings in Networks and Complexity

    Week _ - discuss in _

    index to articles in Connections


    search for topics using google

    Supplementary on-line:

    Networks and Ethnographic Analysis: Nomads of South Turkey, Douglas White and Ulla Johansen, Lexington Press. 2003 (forthcoming).

    reference materials:

    Alain Degenne, Michel Forse (1997) Introducing Social Networks. ISM: London, England. Amazon Price: $31.00. May ship within 5-9 days.

    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