Social Networks

Social Networks

A Developing Paradigm

First published on April 28, 1977

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  • Editor: Samuel Leinhardt
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483267364

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Social Networks: A Developing Paradigm contains studies of the nature and impact of social structure on behavior. It draws together readings from a variety of social science areas that share the basic premise that structure in social relationships can be fruitfully operationalized in terms of networks. It attempts to bring together classic works that opened new research areas and works that contain important statements of perspective, method, or empirical findings. The book is organized into four parts. Part I focuses on the cognitive organization of social relations and the effects of local social structure on individuals. In Part II the authors consider networks of ties in large social agglomerations, and treat a variety of different types of social relationships. The emphasis here is on empirical studies. Specific extant social networks are investigated to test a variety of structural hypotheses. Part III contains studies that address issues more common among social anthropologists than sociologists or social psychologists. The chapters in Part IV, while occasionally containing applications, are primarily methodological. These discuss mathematical and statistical ideas for modeling and analyzing social networks.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Part I: Sentiments and Attitudes

    1 Attitudes and Cognitive Organization

    2 Structural Balance: a Generalization of Heider's Theory

    3 Clustering and Structural Balance in Graphs

    4 A Formal Theory of Social Power

    5 Transitivity in Structural Models of Small Groups

    6 Structural Equivalence of Individuals in Social Networks

    7 Learning a Social Structure

    Part II: Information, Interaction and Acquaintance

    8 The Diffusion of an Innovation among Physicians

    9 Gregariousness, Group Membership, and the Flow of Information

    10 Interorganizational Networks in Urban Society: Initial Perspectives and Comparative Research

    11 Social Structure of a Group of Scientists: a Test of the "Invisible College" Hypothesis

    12 An Experimental Study of the Small World Problem

    13 Structural Balance, Mechanical Solidarity, and Interpersonal Relations

    Part III: Roles and Transactions

    14 On Social Structure

    15 Class and Committees in a Norwegian Island Parish

    16 Urban Families: Conjugal Roles and Social Networks

    17 The Significance of Quasi-Groups in the Study of Complex Societies

    18 The Algebra of Group Kinship

    19 The Strength of Weak Ties

    Part IV: Methods

    20 Graph Theoretic Methods in the Management Sciences

    21 Contribution to the Theory of Random and Biased Nets

    22 A Method for Analyzing Structure in Sociometric Data

    23 The Sphere of Influence

    24 New Directions in the Study of Community Elites

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  • No. of pages: 500
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: April 28, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483267364

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Samuel Leinhardt

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