Social Networks - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124424500, 9781483267364

Social Networks

1st Edition

A Developing Paradigm

Editors: Samuel Leinhardt
eBook ISBN: 9781483267364
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th April 1977
Page Count: 500
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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



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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