What is Social Network Analysis?


Termeh Shafie, The University of Manchester

This session serves as an introduction to fundamental network concepts and analytical approaches; their potential for studying social phenomena; and a description of why they are central to theoretical constructs. During this session; we focus on social network analysis as a perspective which stems from the special nature of the data rather than the common misconception that it is a set of tools or techniques. We further delve into how this network perspective allows us to study how and why patterns in the social system emerge; sustain; and evolve; thus allowing us to address questions from different branches of the social sciences.