Blog 11: Scale free networks

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When reading Shirky’s article, Power Laws, weblogs, & inequality, it definitely felt a lot like watching Shirky’s Ted talk on how social media can make history. While the article and ted talk did have similarities, they did also have some differences between them. In power laws, weblogs & inequality, Shirky talks about how not everyone …

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Blog 10: Adolescent Delinquency

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Do high school and middle school friendships actually matter? Are the people in this photo below really able to make a lasting impact on one another? The following two articles offer a resounding yes to this question.  They use SNA methodologies to investigate crime and deviance in adolescent friendship networks. Haynie (2001) introduces the idea …

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Blog 10: Hackers and Smokers

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The first article used social network analysis to understand the network structure of the hacker group “Shadowcrew.” Due to rapid advancements in information technology, the authors were attempting to assess how hackers were interacting and communicating within this deviant group to develop their existing network structure. Research question:  The study had 4 research questions: 1. …

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Blog 9: Friendships

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Drawing from my psychology background and great interest to learn more about childrens’ learning paths and experience, I focused my search for these two articles upon developmental aspects of a child’s growth, their friendships, and the use of social network analysis. First, the work by Shin and Ryan (2014) investigated early adolescent friendship selection and […]

Blog 9: SNA, friendships, and community

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Article 1: In this article, Kleit (2001) uses social network analysis to investigate the role that social networks play in job searches, specifically for individuals who live in scattered-site public housing communities.  Based on the theory (see Figure 1) that housing lower-income individuals with more affluent peers open them to more opportunities, Kleit hypothesized that …

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