The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis
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The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis



© 2011 | 640 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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This sparkling Handbook offers an unrivalled resource for those engaged in the cutting edge field of social network analysis. Systematically, it introduces readers to the key concepts, substantive topics, central methods and prime debates. Among the specific areas covered are: 

  • Network theory
  • Interdisciplinary applications
  • Online networks
  • Corporate networks
  • Lobbying networks
  • Deviant networks
  • Measuring devices
  • Key Methodologies
  • Software applications.
The result is a peerless resource for teachers and students which offers a critical survey of the origins, basic issues and major debates. The Handbook provides a one-stop guide that will be used by readers for decades to come.
Introduction Peter J Carrington and John Scott
PART ONE: GENERAL ISSUES
Alexandra Marin and Barry Wellman
Social Network Analysis: An Introduction
Linton C Freeman
The Development of Social Network Analysis - with an Emphasis on Recent Events
Stephen P Borgatti and Virginie Lopez-Kidwell
Network Theory
John Scott
Social Physics and Social Networks
Sanjeev Goyal
Social Networks in Economics
Ann Mische
Relational Sociology, Culture and Agency
PART TWO: SUBSTANTIVE TOPICS
Vincent Chua, Julia Madej and Barry Wellman
Personal Communities: The World According to Me
Lijun Song, Joonmo Son and Nan Lin
Social Support
Douglas R White
Kinship, Class and Community
Katherine Faust
Animal Social Networks
Anatoliy Gruzd and Caroline Haythornthwaite
Networking Online: Cybercommunities
William K Carroll and J P Sapinski
Corporate Elites and Intercorporate Networks
Matthew Bond and Nicholas Harrigan
Political Dimensions of Corporate Connections
David Knoke
Policy Networks
Mario Diani
Social Movements and Collective Action
Peter J Carrington
Crime and Social Network Analysis
Renée C van der Hulst
Terrorist Networks: The Threat of Connectivity
Howard D White
Scientific and Scholarly Networks
Paul DiMaggio
Cultural Networks
Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie
Social Networks, Geography and Neighbourhood Effects
Edward L Kick et al
A Multiple-Network Analysis of the World System of Nations, 1995-1999
PART THREE: CONCEPTS AND METHODS
Robert A Hanneman and Mark Riddle
A Brief Introduction to Analyzing Social Network Data
Robert A Hanneman and Mark Riddle
Concepts and Measures for Basic Network Analysis
Peter V Marsden
Survey Methods for Network Data
Ove Frank
Survey Sampling in Networks
Betina Hollstein
Qualitative Approaches
Stephen P Borgatti and Daniel S Halgin
Analyzing Affiliation Networks
Anuška Ferligoj, Patrick Doreian and Vladimir Batagelj
Positions and Roles
Philippa Pattison
Relation Algebras and Social Networks
Marijtje A J van Duijn and Mark Huisman
Statistical Models for Ties and Actors
Garry Robins
Exponential Random Graph Models for Social Networks
Tom A B Snijders
Network Dynamics
Weihua (Edward) An
Models and Methods to Identify Peer Effects
Klaus Hamberger, Michael Houseman and Douglas R White
Kinship Network Analysis
Vladimir Batagelj
Large-Scale Network Analysis
Lothar Krempel
Network Visualization
Mark Huisman and Marijtje A J van Duijn
A Reader's Guide to Social Network Analysis Software

Over the past decades Social Network Analysis has broadened its scope from anthropology and sociology to all behavioral and social sciences, from social and organizational psychology to management science and economics. This Handbook provides well-founded introductions and overviews for a broad range of social network studies, approaches, and methodology. It is a must for everybody who is interested in the way social network relations evolve, are structured and affect outcomes in any part of our life and society
Frans N. Stokman
Professor of Social Science Research Methodology, ICS, University of Groningen, The Netherlands


There is something for everyone in The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis. Whether you are brand new to the field or a seasoned expert, interested in the theoretical underpinnings of network analysis or the methodological nuts and bolts associated with analyzing the evolution of an affiliation network over time, this book is a must have
Michael Schwartz, Chair, Department of Sociology
Stony Brook University, USA


An outstanding volume that brings together contributions from the world’s leading experts on social network analysis. Methods, theory and substantive applications are presented in a clear exposition making this the most comprehensive text available in this rapidly expanding and changing field. For anyone with any interest in social networks this is quite simply a “must have” book
Martin Everett, Professor of Social Network Analysis,
Manchester University, UK


The editors have chosen recognized specialists for each subject treated in the Handbook, and there are many subjects treated... The Handbook provides well-founded introductions and overviews for this broad range of social network studies, approaches, and methodology. It is a necessary acquisition for anybody intererested in the way social network relations evolve, are structured and affect outcomes in all parts of our life and society.

Bulletin of Sociological Methodology


The Scott and Carrington handbook is brimful with the most influential analysts in the field, including Freeman, Borgatti, White, Faust, and Marsden, to name only a few. The book has exceptionally good organisation, meant to comprehensively cover both theory and method ... [so] novice and experienced analysts have the essential tools for conducting any type of qualitative of quantitative study using social network methodology. Particularly welcome are chapters that include a wide range of subjects studied with SNA, including some that are especially timely, such as the more controversial examination of social physics.
L. L. Hansen
Western New England University

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