Social Network Analysis: A Handbook

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The revised and updated edition of this bestselling text provides an accessible introduction to the theory and practice of network analysis in the social sciences. It gives a clear and authoritative guide to the general framework of network analysis, explaining the basic concepts, technical measures and reviewing the available computer programs.

The book outlines both the theoretical basis of network analysis and the key techniques for using it as a research tool. Building upon definitions of points, lines and paths, John Scott demonstrates their use in clarifying such measures as density, fragmentation and centralization. He identifies the various cliques, components and circles into which networks are formed, and outlines

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John Scott is a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Essex, Exeter, and Copenhagen. He was formerly Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Plymouth University and before that was Professor of Sociology at Essex University and Leicester University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of learned Societies in the Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. An active member of the British Sociological Association, he has held the posts of Secretary, Treasurer, Chairperson, and President. His most recent publications are Conceptualising the Social World (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis (edited with Peter Carrington, Sage Publications, 2011), and Sociology (with James Fulcher, Oxfords University Press, 2011). His current work on the history of British sociology will appears as Envisioning Sociology. Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction (with Ray Bromley, SUNY Press, 2013).

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′I am often asked by people new to network analysis for something they can read to get a quick sense of the area. I refer them to this book. Now updated, Scott′s book continues to be the most accessible introduction to social network analysis. Experts should have two copies: one to use, one to loan′ - Ronald S Burt, University of Chicago and European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD)

Praise for the First Edition:

`This book is essential for those who want to keep up with - and move forward with - the field′ - Professor Barry Wellman, University of Toronto

`John Scott′s Social Network Analysis: A Handbook fills a gap between simplist introductions and inaccessibly technical treatments. The increasing popularity of these methods warrants a solid introductory text, which Scott′s book admirably provides′ - David Knoke, University of Minnesota

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