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A Guide to Social Network Analysis

A Guide to Social Network Analysis

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Power no longer resides exclusively (if at all) in states, institutions, or large corporations. It is located in the networks that structure society. Social network analysis seeks to understand networks and their participants and has two main focuses: the actors and the relationships between them in a specific social context.

Power no longer resides exclusively (if at all) in states, institutions, or large corporations. It is located in the networks that structure society. Social network analysis seeks to understand networks and their participants and has two main focuses: the actors and the relationships between them in a specific social context.

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A Guide to Social Network
Analysis
Olivier Serrat 
2009
 
 
The Social Network Groundswell
The information revolution has given birth to new economiesstructured around flows of data, information, and knowledge.In parallel, social networks have grown stronger as forms of human activity.
Information and communicationtechnologies
especially socialmedia
explain much but not all.Other catalysts of social networksinclude globalization; theemergence of the third sector, viz.,civil and nongovernmentorganizations; recognition of theimportance of social capital; andinterest in knowledge managementand organizational learning.
 
The Social Network Groundswell
Social networks are nodes of individuals, groups, organizations,and related systems that tie ininterdependencies, viz., sharedvalues, visions, and ideas; socialcontacts; kinship; financialexchanges; trade; membership inorganizations; participation inevents, etc.
Communities of practice are a recurrent form. Others arepolicy and advocacy networks; public-private policy networks;knowledge networks; etc. Functions differ too, with nodesbehaving as filters, amplifiers, investors and providers,convenors, community builders, and/or facilitators.

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