The Intercampus Academic Program Initiative Fund ( IAPIF), UC Office of the President, supports an intercampus program in

Modernity's Histories in Global Context: Contested Narratives, Models, Processes.

The IAPIF program links UCI's Social Networks and Anthropology programs with History seminars at Davis, Riverside, and Santa Cruz. The interdisciplinary link between history and social science at Irvine allows students to study and practice integration of social networks approaches into social historical research.

The fall 1996 UCI seminar Network Theories of Social Structure explores the use of network theory and analysis in social history, longitudinal ethnography, and historical sociology. Theme of this Networks Proseminar for 1996: Network Theory and Analysis of Modernity's Histories in Global Contexts: Communities, Social Movements and Elites. It is proseminar for both the Social Networks Ph.D. Program and the IAPIF. We are also trying to http:-link authors of the contemporary works being read in this seminar to the seminar home pages.

Graduate students participating from any UC campus may apply for travel funding to the intercampus end-of-quarter fall and winter workshops and the end-of-year conference where research pursued in linked History and Social Science seminars at UCI, Davis, UCSD and UCR are presented and discussed.

Students at UCI and Riverside are encouraged to apply for travel funding to participate directly in the IAPIF seminars on one another's campuses.

Students from other campuses (including those in participating History programs at UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz) are encouraged to participate on-line through web pages, email, and independent graduate study supervised by a faculty sponsor or advisor at the home campus.


Abstract of Networks Proseminar for 1996: Network Theory and Analysis of Modernity's Histories in Global Contexts: Communities, Social Movements and Elites

Social networks has a body of methods, measurement concepts, and theories that relate these concepts to a wide variety of substantive domains, explanations, and applications. Network thinking about social science problems has transformed a number of fields of inquiry: evolutionary theory and cross-species comparisons, field theories of culture and social roles, primary group theory, economic transaction theory, world-system and stratification theory, theories of interaction, diffusion, communication, etc., and most recently, social history.

Introductory readings (Berkowitz; Scott) and classic articles (structural equivalence, centrality, weak ties) on networks are followed by introductions to work on networks and social history (Brym; Emirbaya and Goodwin); we then will read works of several people (Bearman, Padget, Gould, Gribaudi, Tilly, and our own work) writing in this field. The instructor(s) will explicate the network methodologies used in these studies, referring to the text by Wasserman and Faust, UCInet software, and some of the auxiliary citations. In addition to the readings, students should focus on a research project for the seminar on a topic that can be treated theoretically, analytically or empirically by a networks approach, and prepare to (1) present early in the seminar an oral/written proposal for network research on the topic, and (2) late in the seminar a term paper on the topic.

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