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Social Network Analysis: History, Theory and Methodology

Social Network Analysis: History, Theory and Methodology [Kindle Edition]

Christina Prell

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This book fills an important void in the social network literature by bringing together theory, methodology and history. Its practical and readable style gives clear guidance on how to do social network research and will be invaluable to anyone undertaking a network study
Martin Everett
Chair of Social Network Analysis, Manchester University

Christina Prell has produced an excellent and well-crafted introduction to methods of social network analysis. She has succeeded in the difficult task of setting out a clear and accessible statement of core ideas together with a judicious overview of the most advanced recent developments. Her discussion concludes with an introduction to basic software for network analysis that will be much valued by all who are new to the area. The book will become an essential guide to the field for newcomers and seasoned users alike

John Scott
Professor of Sociology, Plymouth University

Christina Prell's excellent introduction to social network analysis will be appreciated by social scientists coming to these new approaches for the first time. Fundamental methods are described clearly and succinctly, the advice on how to develop a network-based research study is comprehensive and practical, and the introduction to statistical methods will prepare readers keen to follow more advanced paths. It is pleasing to see a text that includes a proper history of the field. This book provides a very accessible guide for readers who want to learn how to do real network research in the social sciences

Garry Robins
Associate Professor and Reader Psychological Science, University of Melbourne

Interest in social networks comes from all quarters and from persons with varying levels of preparation for understanding the complexities of social network analysis. Prell's Social Network Analysis: History, Theory, and Methodology is admirably suited for newcomers to the field, introducing the basics of social network analysis in a gentle style replete with understandable examples. Newcomers (and their instructors) will also appreciate the ease with which they acquire facility with UCINET, a widely used social analysis software package, by working through the examples
John Skvoretz
Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida

"I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in getting acquainted with SNA. Its pragmatic point of view--with recurring hints on how to perform different kinds of analysis using UCINET, a popular software tool for SNA--makes this book especially suitable for practitioners." (Fernando Berzal Computing Reviews 2012-12-07)

This book by Christina Prell more than adequately fulfils a promise to meet the needs of those coming to the field for the first time, the intermediate researcher looking to develop skills in the field and for teachers seeking a comprehensive account that will help inform their students.[...] It offers a straightforwardly clear and practical ‘how to’ together with introductions to the favoured computer software applications – always a valuable insight to the neophyte. Indeed if I were to seek a ‘foothold’ in SNA this is where I would start. (Dr Ron Iphofen 2013-10-24)

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We live in a world that is paradoxically both small and vast; each of us is embedded in local communities and yet we are only a few 'links' away from anyone else in the world.

This engaging book represents these interdependencies' positive and negative consequences, their multiple effects and the ways in which a local occurrence in one part of the world can directly affect the rest. Then it demonstrates precisely how these interactions and relationships form.

This is a book for the social network novice learning how to study, think about and analyse social networks; the intermediate user, not yet familiar with some of the newer developments in the field; and the teacher looking for a range of exercises, as well as an up-to-date historical account of the field.

It is divided into three clear sections:

1. Historical & Background Concepts

2. Levels of Analysis

3. Advances, Extensions and Conclusions

The book provides a full overview of the field - historical origins, common theoretical perspectives and frameworks; traditional and current analytical procedures and fundamental mathematical equations needed to get a foothold in the field.

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  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (8 Nov 2013)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-organized and well written book 7 Feb 2012
By calliecoll - Published on
A really well-organized and well written book. I haven't finished this book yet, but I have already got a lot out of it. I liked the History chapter, and I especially found helpful the chapter where Prell walks you through how to conduct an SNA study of your own. Most SNA books tend to focus on the analysis of social network data. Prell helps you think about how to gather the data from research questions, design, data collection, theory, and so forth. Also, I thought there was just 'social network theory,' but Prell spelled out the common social theories being used in the field, and gives you lots of examples. I think a lot of people will appreciate the mathematics being placed in textboxes; the book is light on mathematics (she doesn't ignore them, but she presents them in a way that is not intimidating). Buy this book!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A usefull book but needs to be edited for grammar. 26 May 2012
By P. Froelich - Published on
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The value of this book is that it provides an easily understood introduction to network analysis along with easy to follow instructions for how to carry out various procedures, mostly using UCINET software. It is a great concept and the book really is very useful. The main problem with the book is that it is chock full of grammatical errors. If it was just a few I could ignore them, but there are enough so that it is a real distraction. I would like to use this book with students, but I worry that those with good language skills will be led to discount the information in the book. I also worry that the book will set a poor example for students who do not have such good language skills. I suppose that I could use the book anyway if I vouch for the content and also directly acknowledge that it was not properly edited before publication. I could even give students credit for being able to find and correct the grammar mistakes in each of the assigned readings in addition to understanding the network concepts that are presented. Regardless of whether or not I am able to use it I am surprised and really disappointed that the editors at Sage would let so many easy to fix errors get into what would otherwise be a great little book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 16 Oct 2013
By Hawaii yogi_diver - Published on
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This is a great book. I have several other books on social network analysis (sna) and this one tops them all by far. Prell covers all the basics and more, and the book is clear and organized well. I particularly appreciated the intro on the history of sna. Great buy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Social Network Analysis: History, Theory and Methodology 23 Jun 2012
By jman - Published on
I believe this is a very useful text book. It makes a difficult subject accessible to a relative novice in the field. I am glad I found a reasonable treatment to assist me in my research and carry out various procedures. It provides an easy read while providing a well thought out introduction to network analysis.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 29 Feb 2012
By Lynette A. Anigbo - Published on
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This book is easy to read and informative. After the first chapter I had a conversation with a friend and was shocked by how much I had learned. I am currently doing research and wanted to and social network analysis and this book has been fantastic for helping my put it together. I got it yesterday and read all but one chapter. Then got to work. It is that good. Everything the first reviewer said is true. Buy the book!!
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