Social network analysis has been one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of recent times. This sparkling Handbook offers an unrivalled resource. Systematically, it introduces readers to the key concepts, substantive topics, central methods, and prime debates. The result is a peerless resource for teachers and students. Instead of consulting a variety of books and journal articles, the Handbook offers a one-stop guide that will be used by readers for decades to come.
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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).Review:
Over the past decades Social Network Analysis has broadened its scope from anthropology and sociology to all behavioral and social sciences, from social and organizational psychology to management science and economics. This Handbook provides well-founded introductions and overviews for a broad range of social network studies, approaches, and methodology. It is a must for everybody who is interested in the way social network relations evolve, are structured and affect outcomes in any part of our life and society
Frans N. Stokman
Professor of Social Science Research Methodology, ICS, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
There is something for everyone in The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis. Whether you are brand new to the field or a seasoned expert, interested in the theoretical underpinnings of network analysis or the methodological nuts and bolts associated with analyzing the evolution of an affiliation network over time, this book is a must have
Michael Schwartz, Chair, Department of Sociology
Stony Brook University, USA
An outstanding volume that brings together contributions from the world’s leading experts on social network analysis. Methods, theory and substantive applications are presented in a clear exposition making this the most comprehensive text available in this rapidly expanding and changing field. For anyone with any interest in social networks this is quite simply a “must have” book
Martin Everett, Professor of Social Network Analysis,
Manchester University, UK
The editors have chosen recognized specialists for each subject treated in the Handbook, and there are many subjects treated... The Handbook provides well-founded introductions and overviews for this broad range of social network studies, approaches, and methodology. It is a necessary acquisition for anybody intererested in the way social network relations evolve, are structured and affect outcomes in all parts of our life and society.
Bulletin of Sociological Methodology
The Scott and Carrington handbook is brimful with the most influential analysts in the field, including Freeman, Borgatti, White, Faust, and Marsden, to name only a few. The book has exceptionally good organisation, meant to comprehensively cover both theory and method ... [so] novice and experienced analysts have the essential tools for conducting any type of qualitative of quantitative study using social network methodology. Particularly welcome are chapters that include a wide range of subjects studied with SNA, including some that are especially timely, such as the more controversial examination of social physics.
L. L. Hansen
Western New England University
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