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The Oxford Handbook of Social Networks by Ryan Light (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon)

While some social scientists may argue that we have always been networked, the increased visibility of networks today across economic, political, and social domains can hardly be disputed. Social networks fundamentally shape our lives and social network analysis has become a vibrant, interdisciplinary field of research. In The Oxford Handbook of Social Networks, Ryan Light and James Moody have gathered forty leading scholars in sociology, archaeology, economics, statistics, and information science, among others, to provide an overview of the theory, methods, and contributions in the field of social networks. Each of the thirty-three chapters in this Handbook moves through the basics of social network analysis aimed at those seeking an introduction to advanced and novel approaches to modeling social networks statistically. They cover both a succinct background to, and future directions for, distinctive approaches to analyzing social networks. The first section of the volume consists of theoretical and methodological approaches to social networks, such as visualization and network analysis, statistical approaches to networks, and network dynamics. Chapters in the second section outline how network perspectives have contributed substantively across numerous fields, including public health, political analysis, and organizational studies. Despite the rapid spread of interest in social network analysis, few volumes capture the state-of-the-art theory, methods, and substantive contributions featured in this volume. This Handbook therefore offers a valuable resource for graduate students and faculty new to networks looking to learn new approaches, scholars interested in an overview of the field, and network analysts looking to expand their skills or substantive areas of research.

About Ryan Light (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon)

Ryan Light is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon and the Digital Scholarship Fellow in the Social Sciences at the University of Oregon Libraries. His work has appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Annual Review of Sociology, and Social Forces, among others. James Moody is the Robert O. Keohane Professor of Sociology at Duke University. He has published extensively in the field of social networks, methods, and social theory with over 70 peer reviewed papers and extensive applied consultation with industry and DoD. He is Founding Director of the Duke Network Analysis Center, former editor of the online Journal of Social Structure, and co-founding editor of the American Sociological Association's new Open Access journal Socius.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Ryan Light and James Moody Network Basics and Theory 2 Network Basics: Points, Lines, and Positions Ryan Light and James Moody 3 Theories of Social Networks Jan Fuhse 4 Networks & Neo-Structural Sociology Emmanuel Lazega 5 Rethinking Networks in the Era of Computational Social Science James A. Kitts and Eric Quintaine 6 Networks, Status, and Inequality John Levi Martin and James P. Murphy Network Methods 7 Strategies for Gathering Social Network Data jimi adams, Tatiane Santos, and Venice Ng Williams 8 Social Network Experiments Matthew E. Brashears and Eric Gladstone 9 The network scale-up method Tyler H. McCormick 10 The Continued Relevance of Ego Network Data Jeffrey A. Smith 11 Dyadic, Nodal and Group-level Approaches to Study the Antecedents and Consequences of Networks: Which Social Network Models to Use and When? Filip Agneessens 12 An Introduction to Statistical Models for Networks Valentina Kuskova and Stanley Wasserman 13 Advances in ERGMs Dean Lusher, Peng Wang, Julia Brennecke, Julien Brailly, Malick Frye, and Colin Gallagher 14 Modeling Network Dynamics David R. Schaefer and Christopher Steven Marcum 15 Causal Inference for Social Network Analysis Kenneth A. Frank and Ran Xu Network Dimensions 16 Case Studies in Network Community Detection Saray Shai, Natalie Stanley, Clara Granell, Dane Taylor, and Peter J. Mucha 17 Three Perspectives on Centrality Stephen P. Borgatti and Martin G. Everett 18 Network Visualization James Moody and Ryan Light 19 The Spatial Dimensions of Social Networks Zachary P. Neal 20 Five Field-Experimental Tests of Preferential Attachment Arnout van de Rijt and Afife Idil Akin 21 Duality beyond persons and groups: culture and affiliation Sophie Mutzel and Ronald Breiger 22 Networks of Culture, Networks of Meaning: Two Approaches to Text Networks Ryan Light and Jeanine Cunningham 23 Historical Network Research Emily Erikson and Eric Feltham Network Landscape 24 Networks in Archaeology Carl Knappett 25 Networks, Kin and Social Support G. Robin Guathier 26 Demography and Networks M. Giovanna Merli, Sara R. Curran, and Claire Le Barbenchon 27 The Neuroscience of Social Networks Carolyn Parkinson, Thalia Wheatley, and Adam M. Kleinbaum 28 Computational Social Science, Big Data, and Networks Paolo Parigi and Bruno Abrahao 29 Networks: An Economic Perspective Matthew O. Jackson, Brian W. Rogers, and Yves Zenou 30 Social Capital and Economic Sociology Steve McDonald and Richard A. Benton 31 The International Trade Network Min Zhou 32 Maps of Science, Technology, and Education Katy Boerner 33 Criminal Networks Chris M. Smith and Andrew V. Papachristos

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