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Networks and Cultural Analysis


This module reflects a growing interest in the intersection of networks with beliefs, semantics and narratives. My take on it comes directly from Ron Breiger.

Key Topics

  • Culture
  • Meaning
  • Concept lattices
  • Narratives


Bibliography (by Ron Breiger)

For the original document visit: http://www.s3ri.soton.ac.uk/qmss/documents/Breiger_handout.pdf


A. Reviews and Overviews

  • Breiger, R.L (2004). “The Analysis of Social Networks.” Handbook of Data Analysis, ed. M.Hardy & A. Bryman. London: Sage, pp. 505-526. 􀃆 Esp. “Culture and Cognition,” pp.518-21.

  • Erickson, Bonnie H. (2001). “Networks and Linkages: Cultural Aspects.” International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, ed. N.J. Smelser & P.B. Baltes. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 10505-10509.

  • Kilduff, Martin, & Wenpin Tsai (2003). Social Networks and Organizations. London: Sage. 􀃆 Esp. ch. 6, “Toward a poststructuralist network approach to organizations.”

  • Mohr, John W (1998)., “Measuring Meaning Structures.” Annual Review of Sociology 24: 345-370.

B. Narrative Analysis with Networks; Textual Analysis using Networks

  • De Nooy, Wouter, “Stories and Social Structure. A Structural Perspective on Literature  in Sociology.” In D. Schram and G. Stten (eds.), Psychology and Sociology of Literature. Amsterdam: Benjamins (2001): 359-377.

  • DeNooy, Wouter, “Stories, Scripts, Networks.” Paper presented at the Sunbelt XXV
    International Social Network Conference, Redondo Beach, CA (USA), February 2005.

  • Bearman, Peter S., and Katherine Stovel, “Becoming a Nazi: A Model for Narrative
    Networks.” Poetics 27 (2000): 69-90.

  • Carley, Kathleen, “Extracting Culture Through Textual Analysis.” Poetics 22 (1994: 291- 312.

C. Social Networks as Culture

  • Mische, Ann, “Cross-Talk in Movements: Reconceiving the Culture-Network Link,” in
    Mario Diani and Doug McAdam, eds., Social Movements Analysis: The Network
    Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2003): 258-280.

  • Mische, Ann, and Harrison White, “Between Conversation and Situation: Public Switching
    Dynamics Across Network Domains.” Social Research 65 (1998): 695-724.

D. Network Studies of the Arts

  • De Nooy, Wouter, “A Literary Playground: Literary Criticism and Balance Theory.” Poetics
    26 (1999): 385-404.

  • De Nooy, Wouter, “The Dynamics of Artistic Prestige.” Poetics 30 (2002): 147-167.
    Giuffre, Katherine, “Sandpiles of Opportunity: Success in the Art World.” Social Forces 77
    (1999): 815-32.

  • McPherson, Miller, “Sampling Strategies for the Arts: A Hypernetwork Approach.” Poetics
    28 (2001): 291-306.

  • Sonnett, John, “Musical Boundaries: Intersections of Form and Content.”Poetics 32 (2004):

  • van Rees, Kees, Jeroen Vermunt, Marc Verboord, “Cultural Classifications Under Discussion:
    Latent Class Analysis of Highbrow and Lowbrow Reading.” Poetics 26 (1999): 349-365.

  • White, Harrison C. Careers and Creativity: Social Forces in the Arts. Boulder, CO:
    Westview (1993).

E. Culture as Networks of Local Practices

  • Breiger, R.L., “A Tool Kit for Practice Theory.” Poetics 27 (2000): 91-115.

  • Breiger, R.L., y John W. Mohr (traducción: Isidro Maya Jariego), “La dualidad y la
    agregación de categorías sociales.” REDES – Revista Hispana para el Análysis de Redes
    Sociales, 5 (2004). 􀃆 http://revista-redes.rediris.es/.

  • Breiger, R.L., and John W. Mohr, “Institutional Logics from the Aggregation of
    Organizational Networks: Operational Procedures for the Analysis of Counted
    Data.” Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory 10 (2004): 17–43.

  • Harcourt, Bernard, “Measured Interpretation: Introducing the Method of Correspondence
    Analysis to Legal Studies.” University of Illinois Law Review 2002 (4): 979-1017.

  • Martin, John Levi, “What Do Animals Do All Day?: The Division of Labor, Class Bodies,
    and Totemic Thinking in the Popular Imagination.” Poetics 27 (2000): 195-231.

  • Mische, Ann, and Philippa E. Pattison, “Composing a Civic Arena: Publics, Projects, and
    Social Settings.” Poetics 27 (2000): 163-194.

  • Mohr, John W., “Soldiers, Mothers, Tramps, and Others: Discourse Roles in the 1907 New
    York City Charity Directory.” Poetics 22 (1994): 327-357.

  • Mohr, John. W., and Vincent Duquenne, “The Duality of Culture and Practice: Poverty
    Relief in New York City, 1888-1917.” Theory and Society 26 (1997): 305-356.

  • Mohr, John W., and Helene K. Lee, “From Affirmative Action to Outreach: Discourse Shifts
    at the University of California.” Poetics 28 (2000): 47-71.

F. Efforts to Infuse Network Analysis with a Cultural / Action Orientation

  • Emirbayer, Mustafa, “Manifesto for a Relational Sociology.” American Journal of Sociology
    103 (1997): 281-317.

  • Emirbayer, Mustafa, and Jeff Goodwin, “Network Analysis, Culture, and the Problem of
    Agency.” American Journal of Sociology 99 (1994): 1411-1454.

  • Somers, Margaret R., “‘We’re No Angels’: Realism, Rational Choice, and Relationality in
    the Social Sciences.” American Journal of Sociology 104 (1998): 722-784.

G. Networks, Organizational Cultures, and Markets

  • Favereau, Olivier, and Emmanuel Lazega, eds. (2002) Conventions and Structures in
    Economic Organization: Markets, Networks and Organizations. Cheltenham, UK:
    Edward Elgar.

  • Kilduff, Martin, and Wenpin Tsai (2003). Social Networks and Organizations. London: Sage.
    Lazega, Emmanuel (1992). The Micropolitics of Knowledge: Communication and Indirect
    Control in Workgroups. New York: de Gruyter.

  • Lazega, Emmanuel (2001). The Collegial Phenomenon : The Social Mechanisms Of Co-
    Operation Among Peers In A Corporate Law Partnership. New York: Oxford University

  • Wittek, Rafael (2003). “Violation of Trust Norms and Strategies of Informal Social Control
    in Organizations.” In B. Nooteboom and Fredrique Six (eds.), The Trust Process in
    Organizations: Empirical Studies of the Determinants and the Process of Trust
    Development. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

H. Networks, Culture, and Class

  • Anheier, Helmut K., Jürgen Gerhards, & Frank P. Romo (1995). “Forms of Capital And
    Social Structure: Examining Bourdieu’s Social Topography.” Amer. J. Sociol. 100: 859-

  • Bian, Yanjie, Ronald Breiger, Deborah Davis, and Joseph Galaskiewicz, “Occupation, Class,
    and Networks in Urban China.” Social Forces 85 (2005): in press.

  • Erickson, Bonnie H. (1996). “Culture, Class, and Connections.” Amer. J. Sociol. 102: 217-

I. Formal Modeling as Culture

  • Breiger, R.L., “Writing (and Quantifying) Sociology.” In Writing and Revising the
    Disciplines, ed. Jonathan Monroe. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002.

  • White, Harrison C., “Can Mathematics Be Social? Flexible Representations for Interaction
    Process and Its Sociocultural Constructions.” Sociological Forum 12 (1997): 53-71.

  • Yonay, Yuval P., The Struggle Over the Soul of Economics: Institutionalist and Neoclassical Economists in America Between the Wars. Princeton University Press,

Miscellaneous (if not already above)

  • Yanjie Bian, Ronald Breiger, Deborah Davis, Joseph Galaskiewicz, “Occupation, Class, and Social Networks in Urban China.” Social Forces 83 (2005): 1443-68.

  • Borgatti, S.P. 2005. Centrality and network flow. Social Networks. 27(1): 55-71. [pdf]

  • Breiger, Ronald L. 2000. "A Tool Kit for Practice Theory." Poetics 27: 91-115

  • DiMaggio, P. 1987. Classification in Art. ASR 52:440-455.

  • Jacobson, D. 19xx. The cultural context of social support and support networks.

  • Martin, John Levi. 2000. "The Relation of Aggregate Statistics on Beliefs to Culture and Cognition." Poetics 28: 5-20.

  • McFarland, D. Resistance as social drama: A study of change-oriented encounters.

  • Ann Mische, Partisan Publics: Communication and Contention across Brazilian Youth Activist Networks. Princeton University Press, Dec. 2007.

  • Mische, Ann and Philippa Pattison. 2000. "Composing a Civic Arena: Publics, Projects, and Social Settings." Poetics 27: 163-194.

  • Mohr, John and Vincent Duquenne. 1997. "The Duality of Culture and Practice: Poverty Relief in New York City, 1888-1917." Theory and Society 26: 305-356

  • Smith, T. 2007. Narrative boundaries and the dynamics of ethnic conflict and conciliation. Poetics 35: 22-46.

  • Swidler, Ann. 1986. "Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies." American Sociological Review 51: 273-286

  • Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays
    (Basic Books, 1973)

  • White, H. 1992. Identity and Control.

  • Clyde Mitchell, “Situational Analysis and Network Analysis,” Connections 17 (1994):16-22.
  • Gary Alan Fine and Sherryl Kleinman, “Network and Meaning: An Interactionist Approach to Structure,” Symbolic Interaction 6 (1983): 97-110.
  • Ann Mische, “Cross-Talk in Movements: Reconceiving the Culture-Network Link”(conference paper, June 2000; not the published version that appears as pp. 258-80 in Mario Diani and Doug McAdam, eds., Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Social Action,Oxford University Press, 2003).



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