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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 Networks, Geography and Neighbourhood Effects
Social networks, geography and neighbourhood effects
RonJohnston and CharlesPattie

The United States, according to Bishop (2008: 5), has over recent years developed a ‘stark geographical pattern of political belief, one that has grown more distinct in presidential elections since 1976. … [It] has been sorting itself, sifting at the most microscopic levels of society, as people have packed children, CDs, and the family hound and moved’. When moving, he argues, people deploy a range of criteria in selecting their new home at the neighbourhood scale, and this includes making ‘choices about who their neighbors will be and who will share their new lives’. Such choices, he contends, have major political impacts. Thus at the county scale, whereas in 1976 less than ...

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