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Analyzing Affiliation Networks

Analyzing Affiliation Networks

Analyzing affiliation networks
Stephen P.Borgatti and Daniel S.Halgin

In social network analysis, the term “affiliations” usually refers to membership or participation data, such as when we have data on which actors have participated in which events. Often, the assumption is that co-membership in groups or events is an indicator of an underlying social tie. For example, Davis et al. (1941) used data provided by the society pages of a local newspaper to uncover distinct social circles among a set of society women. Similarly, Domhoff (1967) and others have used co-membership in corporate boards to search for social elites (e.g., Allen, 1974; Carroll et al., 1982; Galaskiewicz, 1985; Westphal and Khanna 2003). Alternatively, we can see co-participation as providing opportunities for social ties to develop, ...

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