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Introduction to the course, the class participants, and the field of social network analysis.


Social network analysis is the study of social relations. This course treats qualitative and quantitative methods for social network research, emphasizing a “how-to” approach to analyzing existing datasets or those collected by seminar participants in their own research.


[Course description stolen from Ron Breiger]



  • Course logistics

  • The discipline of social networks

  • What makes the field distinct

  • Underlying theoretical perspectives

  • What is a network?

  • Preview of key concepts


  • Borgatti, S.P. and Foster, P. 2003. The network paradigm in organizational research: A review and typology. Journal of Management. 29(6): 991-1013 [pdf]
  • Wellman, B. 1988. "Structural Analysis: From Method and Metaphor to Theory and Substance". Pp. 19-61 in Social Structures a Network Approach, edited by Barry Wellman & S.D. Berkowitz. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.  [pdf]




  • Brass. Antecedents & Consequences of Social Networks [doc]




Histories of the Field

  • Linton C. Freeman, The Development of Social Network Analysis: A Study in the Sociology of Science. Vancouver: BC Press, 2004. Esp. Ch. 1.

  • Freeman, L.C. 1996. Some Antecedents of Social Network Analysis'' Connections 19: 39-42 [pdf]

  • Wellman, B. "Networking Network Analysts: How INSNA (the International Network for Social Network Analysis) Came to Be" Connections 23, 1, Summer 2000: 20-31.[pdf]

  • van Meter, K. The development of social network analysis in the French-speaking world. Social Networks Volume 27, Issue 3, July 2005, Pages 275-282 [^pdf]

Comments, Criticisms and Reviews

  • Alba, R. (1982). Taking Stock of Network Analysis: A Decade's Results. In Research in the Sociology of Organizations: A Research Annual, Volume 1, (ed. S. Bacharach), pp. 39-74, JAI Press: Connecticut.
  • Richard D. Alba. The American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 87, No. 3. (Nov., 1981), pp. 762-764. Review of Perspectives on Social Network Research. Paul W. Holland; Samuel Leinhardt [^pdf]
  • Krackhardt, D. & D.J. Brass. Intra-organizational networks:The micro side. In S. Wasserman & J. Galaskiewicz (Eds.), Advances in Social Network Analysis: Research in the Social and Behavioral sciences, 207-229. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1994
  • Emirbayer, M. 1997. "Manifesto for Relational Sociology." American Journal of Sociology 103:281-317 [^pdf]
  • Emirbayer, M. & Goodwin, J. 1994. Network analysis, culture, and the problem of agency. American Journal of Sociology 6: 1411-54. [^pdf]
  • Granovetter, M. 1979. The theory-gap in social network analysis.  In P. Holland and S. Leinhardt, eds., Perspectives on Social Network Research, pp. 501-518.  New York:  Academic Press.
  • Granovetter, M. (1992). Problems of explanation in economic sociology. In N. Nohria & R.G. Eccles (Eds.), Networks and organizations: Structure, form, and action, 25-56. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Hummon & Carley 1993. Social networks as normal science. Social Networks 15: 71-106. [^pdf]
  • Hays, S. 1994. Structure and agency and the sticky problem of culture. Sociological Theory, 12(1): 57-72. [^pdf]
  • Krackhardt, D. and D.J. Brass 1994 "Intra organizational Networks: The Micro Side." In S. Wasserman & J. Galaskiewicz (eds.), Advances in Social Network Analysis: Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Newbury Park, CA: Sage
  • Mayhew, B. 1980. Structuralism vs. individualism part 1: Shadow boxing in the dark. Social Forces :335-375. [^pdf]
  • Raider, Holly, and David Krackhardt. 2001  "Intraorganizational Networks." In Joel A. C. Baum (Ed.) Companion to Organizations pp. 58-74. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. [pdf]
  • Salancik, G. 1995. Wanted: A good network theory of organization. Administrative Science Quarterly 40:345-349. [^pdf]


  • Berkowitz, Stephen D. (1982) An Introduction to Structural Analysis: The Network Approach to Social Research. Toronto : Butterworths.
  • Boissevain, Jeremy. & J.C. Mitchell, (1973) Network Analysis: Studies in Human Interaction. The Hague : Mouton.
  • Degenne, Alain & Michel Forsé (1995) Les réseaux sociaux: une analyse structurale en sociologie. Paris: Broché.
  • Freeman, Linton C., Douglas. R. White & A. Kimball Romney (1989) Research Methods in Social Network Analysis. Fairfax, VA : George Mason University Press.
  • Leinhardt, S. (ed) (1977) Social Networks: A Developing Paradigm. New York: Academic Press.
  • Marsden, Peter V., & Nan Lin (eds) (1982) Social Structure and Network Analysis. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Mitchell, J. Clyde (ed) (1969) Social Networks in Urban Settings. Manchester: University of Manchester.
  • Scott, John (1992) Social Network Analysis. London: Sage.
  • Wasserman, Stanley & Katherine Faust (1994) Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.
  • Wellman B. & Stephen D. Berkowitz (1988) Social Structures: A Network Approach. Cambridge: University of Cambridge


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