Global Networks Seminar, Winter 2004

Tu 9:00-11:50, SSPB 2296

GLOBAL NETWORKS Course Code 72400 Soc Sci 249A

not a full syllabus as yet. It should be extremely relevant to GSM students and to marketing, among many other interests (this is an email to one interested student). Right now for example I am working with Bell Labs and the phone call network (broken down by businesses and residences). 63 million calls in one day sort of thing: what are the network properties (turns out to be extraordinarily interestng). In any case we are doing large networks: networks of trade, globally, networks of civilizations, urban dynamics, and large networks from all over the planet and all the disciplines. We will be using excel and pajek as analytic tools, and reading alot of the new literature on large networks. The course links, some of which need special permissions, reach out to all kinds of potential projects, including the European Union project on social and network scaling, the santa fe project on civiliations, etc. Should be possible to find or bring all kinds of projects of interest to grad students in anthro, sociology, GSM, ICS, MBS, demography, statistics, history, etc.

A good starting point would be the Peter Turchin book, 2003, that just came out Historical Dynamics: Why States Rise and Fall. Princeton: Princeton University Press, in the series Princeton Studies in Complexity. It has chaps 2-4 on Geopolitics (photocopies available); Collective Solidarity; and Metaethnic frontier theory and a very strong dynamical methodology (see below, NLTSM, and the software download;

Chapter 7 (photocopied) of his book on Complex Population Dynamics: A Theoretical/Empirical Synthesis explains the methods and software). His chapters relate to network issues in growth dynamics, network position and conflict-legitimacy; network cohesion, segmentation and bureaucratic aging; fault lines and boundaries, and scaling-up of networks -- understood broadly, an analytic network theory of social dynamics.

here, btw, is the dynamics of the Southern women events data on which you can superimpose cohesion measures See also Moody, McFarland, Bender-deMoll Movie paper just accepted for AJS, also in pure html See also Moody, J. (2003) Moody's ppt on cohesion: Epidemic Potential in Human Sexual Networks: Connectivity and the Development of STD Cores

On the applied side, we can start the network analysis studies with the problem of network position of different sectors in national economies in Europe, for which I have data on six countries five time periods with comparable input-output data. See regular equivalence analysis. That should give some understanding of the dynamics of productive economies; the commonalities or differences in their network topologies; may also lead to a joint publication with a team of researchers in Germany; and we can use the classical regular equivalence program for positional analysis that Dave Smith and used in our global dynamics analysis, 1965-1980 for which the following readings would be in order:

Then on to cohesion analysis and how it relates to Turchin's chapters. Then to network dynamics, probability models, power-law networks, etc., see:
Theoretical background: Network Processes in Evolving Systems. This also has links to other studies, such as:
Thirteenth century world-system. A collaboration of Peter Spufford, Douglas White and Joseph Wehbe. And forward from there (other readings will mostly be available in pdf).

Some other links:

  • Time-mapping Globalization in the World-System
  • ISCOM links- DRW
  • [Italian heat] The ISCOM Projects Theory of a Real Time Revolution, paper presented at the 19th EGOS Colloquium, July 2003; forthcoming in Organizational Studies, 2003
  • Links for Civilizations Project
  • Long-Term Research Projects
  • The Linkages Projects
  • Collaborations - Network Groups
  • Networks in the Global Village: Life in Contemporary Communities by Barry Wellman (Editor) Barry Wellman - The Rise (and Possible Fall) of Networked Individualism. Westview Press 1998

    Manuel Castells The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture (three volume trilogy): Oxford: Blackwell, 1996-1998; 2nd edition, 2000 and translated into 12 other languages

    Ontology: Philosophical and Computational Barry Smith Ontologies as the Representation (and Re-Representation) of Agreement Bill Mark Collaborative Ontology Construction for Information Integration - Farquhar COMPLEX NETWORKS: TOPOLOGY, DYNAMICS AND SYNCHRONIZATION XIAO FAN WANG training and development (careful: obliterates current page, open new window)