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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?
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Chapter 3: The Development of Social Network Analysis – with an Emphasis on Recent Events
The Development of Social Network Analysis – with an Emphasis on Recent Events
In a recent book I reviewed the development of social network analysis from its earliest beginnings until the late 1990s (Freeman, 2004). There, I characterized social network analysis as an approach that involved four defining properties: (1) It involves the intuition that links among social actors are important; (2) it is based on the collection and analysis of data that record social relations that link actors; (3) it draws heavily on graphic imagery to reveal and display the patterning of those links; and (4) it develops mathematical and computational models to describe and explain those patterns.
In that book I ...