Welcome to Week #4



  • Chapters 10 in Understanding Social Networks by Kadushin
  • Nan Lin. 2001. “Building a Network Theory of Social Capital.” Pp. 3-30 in Social Capital: Theory and Research, edited by Nan Lin, Karen Cook and Ronald S. Burt. Aldine de Gruyter.
  • Putnam, Robert D.  1995. “Bowling alone: America’s declining social capital.” Journal of Democracy 6: 65-78. 
  •  Portes, Alejandro.  1998.  “Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology.”  Annual Review of Sociology, v24, pp 1-24.
  • Portes, Alejandro.  2002.  “Unsolved Mysteries: The Tocqueville Files II: The Downside of Social Capital.”  The American Prospect.
  •  Smith, S.S.  2005.  “Don’t Put My Name on It”: Social Capital Activation and Job-Finding Assistance among the Black Urban Poor.  American Journal of Sociology, 111, 1, July, 1-57.
  • SNA Reference Reading (optional):
    • Part 3 in Wasserman & Faust Social Network Analysis: Methods & Applications

*Articles can be found in the Google Classroom folder.



Week #4: Node Centrality part 2


Using Hypothes.is, annotate and discuss your peers’ Week #3 blog. 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.

As you annotate, contemplate the way in which weak ties, small worlds and social capital are interrelated.  Is our world getting smaller thus making social capital easier to acquire? Less valuable? Does digital social media increase or decrease the value of social capital?  What about weak ties?


Using your Rampages account, define and discuss the role of social capital in networks.  Some questions to consider: Are we really bowling alone?  Or are we just not bowling anymore?  Has the internet altered the source, type and value of social capital?  Is social capital always a net positive?  What are some research questions related to social capital which SNA could help answer?  What are some of the various ways in which the concept of social capital has been used in public discussions as well as academic discussions?  Do you see value in the concept of social capital for research at large?  Value for your own research?


Reflection Question

Post your P#4 analysis of the crime network on Slack.  Reflect on other’s analysis.  How does this exercise help you think through your small data project?  Any new ideas?  Any thoughts on other’s ideas?

Discuss on Slack