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;
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:
1988 Large-Scale Network of World Economy: Social scientists use the CRAY Interview: Douglas R. White, David A. Smith. Science at the San Diego Supercomputer Center 1987: 27-28 Structure and Dynamics of the Global Economy: Network Analysis of International Trade 1965-1980 David A. Smith, Douglas R. White Social Forces, Vol. 70, No. 4. (Jun., 1992), pp. 857-893. pw/GlobalEcon1992.pdf
2003 Douglas R. White, Walter W. Powell, Jason Owen-Smith and James Moody Networks, Fields and Organizations: Scale, Topology and Cohesive Embeddings. In preparation for Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, for a special issue on Mathematical Representations for the Analysis of Social Networks within and between Organizations, guest edited by Alessandro Lomi and Phillipa Pattison.
Some other links:
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
Volume 1: The Rise of the Network Society, Blackwell Publishers (Oxford, and Malden, MA), 1996.
Volume 2: The Power of Identity, Blackwell Publishers (Oxford, and Malden, MA), 1997.
Volume 3: End of Millennium, Blackwell Publishers (Oxford, and Malden, MA), 1998.