Welcome to Week #2

  • SNA Data Structures



  • Chapter 1-4 in Doing Social Network Research by Robins
  • Chapter 1-2 in Social Network Analysis: Methods & Examples by Yang & Keller.
  • Haythornthwaite C. (1996).  “Social Network Analysis: An Approach and Technique for the Study of Information Exchange”
  • Keim, S. (2011). ‘The Social Network Perspective.” in Social Networks and Family Formation Processes.
  • McPherson, M. et. al.  2001. “Birds of a Feather: Homophily in Social Networks.”  Annual Review of Sociology, v27, pp. 415-444.
  • SNA Reference Reading (optional):
    • Part 1 in in Social Network Analysis: Methods & Applications by Wasserman & Faust.

*Articles can be found in the Google Classroom folder.



Week #2: SNA Data Structures


Using hypothes.is, read each other’s first blog post on our Rampages.  Make at least four annotations across your peer’s blogs.  These annotations can either be original posts or replies.  Be sure to post inside the SNA18 group AND tag each of your posts with your name.


Using your rampages account, discuss the value of SNA in advancing our understanding of modern society.  What is the ‘social network analysis perspective’?  How does a shift in perspective impact the structure of the data?  How is SNA data different from traditional social science data?  What is relational data?  What is descriptive analysis?  How does relational data necessitate descriptive analysis and make predictive analysis challenging?

Reflection Question

Peruse your peer’s blogs on the readings from Week #1.  Read those who read the same book as well as those who read the other book.  Learn anything new?  What did you like about the blogs of your peers in terms of formatting, visuals and themes?

Discuss on Slack