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Social network analysis has been one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of recent times. Why has this happened? What are the key features of social network analysis?

This sparkling Handbook offers an unrivalled resource. Systematically, it introduces readers to the key concepts, substantive topics, central methods, and prime debates. Among the specific areas covered are: Network theory; Interdisciplinary applications; Online networks; Corporate networks; Lobbying networks; Deviant networks; Measuring devices; Key Methodologies; Software applications

The result is a peerless resource for teachers and students. It offers a critical survey of the origins, basic issues and major debates. Instead of consulting a variety of books and journal articles, the Handbook offers a one-stop guide that will be used by readers for decades to come.

Social Movements and Collective Action

Social movements and collective action

This chapter examines the relation between network analytical approaches and collective action from two distinct angles.1 First, it introduces the contribution of network analysis to the “collective action” dilemma proper, namely, how embeddedness in networks affects people's decisions to engage in collective action. Next, it looks at the emergence of collective actors as the result of coalitions and, more broadly, purposively built ties. Here, the focus is on fields, constituted by the interactions between a multiplicity of organizations and individuals. I conclude by identifying a few areas for future research.

While students of social movements and collective action are increasingly adopting network concepts and perspectives in their work, their use of formal network analytical tools is still ...

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