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Britteny M. Howell & Melony L. Stambaugh

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 74: Social Relationships

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Social Relationships
Social relationships

This chapter describes the importance of support systems such as family, friends, communities, and religious groups. Such support systems form the core of an individual's social network. Anthropologists are interested in these relationships and how information flows through networks. Along with this, we will describe the history and major current uses of social network analysis (SNA) in anthropological research, as well as introduce common barriers to the effective use of SNA. These obstacles include ethical and power issues that come into play with some forms of SNA research. We conclude with a discussion of diverse anthropological case studies that used SNA methodology, pulling from the diverse contexts of nonprofit organizations, business, early childhood development, medical anthropology, and even primatology.

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