In this book, leading methodologists address the issue of how effectively to apply the latest developments in social network analysis to behavioural and social science disciplines. Topics examined include: ways to specify the network contents to be studied; how to select the method for representing network structures; how social network analysis has been used to study interorganizational relations via the resource dependence model; how to use a contact matrix for studying the spread of disease in epidemiology; and how cohesion and structural equivalence network theories relate to studying social influence. The book also offers some statistical models for social support networks.
Chapter 6: Primate Social Networks
Primate Social Networks
Alloprimate Social Networks
Groups of alloprimates (the other primates: nonhuman primates) are ideal subjects for the study of social interaction and the application of the methods of social network analysis. Social relations among alloprimates are complex enough to be interesting but lack the symbolic complexities of human social intercourse. A fairly complete record of social interactions can be obtained under good conditions of observation on a group of monkeys or apes. In contrast, studies on human social networks are generally based on highly abstracted measures of social relations. It has been possible occasionally to observe a single group of monkeys consistently for many years (e.g., Sade, Chepko-Sade, Schneider, Roberts, & Richtsmeier, 1985). Thus the detailed dynamics of social ...