Topics: Sociology, Social network, Graph theory Pages: 445 (139487 words) Published: May 10, 2013
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Exploratory Network Analysis with Pajek
This is the first textbook on social network analysis integrating theory, applications, and professional software for performing network analysis (Pajek). Step by step, the book introduces the main structural concepts and their applications in social research with exercises to test the understanding. In each chapter, each theoretical section is followed by an application section explaining how to perform the network analyses with Pajek software. Pajek software and data sets for all examples are freely available, so the reader can learn network analysis by doing it. In addition, each chapter offers case studies for practicing network analysis. In the end, the reader has the knowledge, skills, and tools to apply social network analysis in all social sciences, ranging from anthropology and sociology to business administration and history. Wouter de Nooy specializes in social network analysis and applications of network analysis to the fields of literature, the visual arts, music, and arts policy. His international publications have appeared in Poetics and Social Networks. He is Lecturer in methodology and sociology of the arts, Department of History and Arts Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Andrej Mrvar is assistant Professor of Social Science Informatics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has won several awards for graph drawings at competitions between 1995 and 2000. He has edited Metodoloski zvezki since 2000. Vladimir Batagelj is Professor of Discrete and Computational Mathematics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and is a member of the editorial boards of Informatica and Journal of Social Structure. He has authored several articles in Communications of ACM, Psychometrika, Journal of Classification, Social Networks, Discrete Mathematics, Algorithmica, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Quality and Quantity, Informatica, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization.

Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences Mark Granovetter, editor The series Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences presents approaches that explain social behavior and institutions by reference to relations among such concrete entities as persons and organizations. This contrasts with at least four other popular strategies: (a) reductionist attempts to explain by a focus on individuals alone; (b) explanations stressing the casual primacy of such abstract concepts as ideas, values, mental harmonies, and cognitive maps (thus, “structuralism” on the Continent should be distinguished from structural analysis in the present sense); (c) technological and material determination; (d) explanation using “variables” as the main analytic concepts (as in the “structural equation” models that dominated much of the sociology of the 1970s), where structure is that connecting variables rather that actual social entities. The social network approach is an important example of the strategy of structural analysis; the series also draws on social science theory and research that is not framed explicitly in network terms, but stresses the importance of relations rather than the atomization of reduction or the determination of ideas, technology, or material conditions. Though the structural perspective has become extremely popular and influential in all the social sciences, it does not have a coherent identity, and no series yet pulls together such work under a single rubric. By bringing the achievements of structurally oriented scholars to a wider public, the Structural Analysis series hopes to encourage the use of this very fruitful approach.

Mark Granovetter
Other Books in the Series
1. Mark S. Mizruchi and Michael Schwartz, eds., Intercorporate Relations: The Structural Analysis of Business 2. Barry Wellman and S. D. Berkowitz, eds., Social Structures: A Network Approach 3. Ronald L. Brieger, ed., Social...
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