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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
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Chapter 5: Social Physics and Social Networks
Social Physics and Social Networks
Social network analysis has made rapid strides since the 1960s as ever larger numbers of sociologists, and other social scientists, have built and applied the methodological techniques necessary to explore the relational phenomena reported in the various chapters of this Handbook. The ability to describe structural phenomena has advanced considerably beyond the ideas inherited by the researchers of the 1970s. One of the most striking developments in recent years, however, has been the massive growth of interest in social network analysis by researchers working in physics. Because of an apparent decline in the number of soluble theoretical problems that are left to resolve in their own discipline, a growing number of theoretical physicists have begun to ...