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Chapter 24: Concepts and Measures for Basic Network Analysis

Concepts and Measures for Basic Network Analysis

Concepts and measures for basic network analysis
Robert A.Hanneman and MarkRiddle

Networks and Actors

The social network perspective emphasizes multiple levels of analysis: differences among actors are traced to the constraints and opportunities that arise from how they are embedded in networks; the structure and behavior of networks are grounded in and enacted by local interactions among actors.

In this chapter we will examine basic concepts and measures used in formal social network analysis. Despite the simplicity of the ideas, there are good theoretical reasons (and considerable empirical evidence) to believe that these basic properties of social networks have very important consequences for both individuals and the larger social structures of which they are parts.

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