Call for Papers – Mixed Methods Approaches to Social Network Analysis

A seminar organised by the Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG) of the British Sociological Association (BSA) with University of Greenwich and Middlesex University

12 May 2014, Middlesex University

Convenors: Alessio D’Angelo, Middlesex University Louise Ryan, Middlesex University Paola Tubaro, University of Greenwich

Key Note Speaker : Prof Nick Crossley, University of Manchester

Social Network analysis (SNA) is experiencing ‘a golden age of rapid growth’ (Burt, et al, 2012). Much of this development has occurred using a quantitative perspective, partly due to today’s expanded computing technologies enabling statistical computations of large network structures. Despite calls in the literature, ‘few researchers have chosen to study social networks using qualitative methods’ (Hersberger, 2003) and in the UK, in particular, examples of qualitative SNA are rare (Heath et al 2009). Nonetheless, ‘social’ networks involve a world of meanings, feelings, relationships, attractions, dependencies, which have traditionally been at the heart of qualitative research and are amenable to a mixed-methods approach. The combination of SNA and qualitative methods has potential to enrich and deepen our understanding of network content in conjunction with network structure.

Call for papers – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Papers are invited on the theme of mixed methods approaches to researching social networks. We welcome contributions from across a range of disciplines including sociology, geography, migration studies, business studies, psychology, anthropology, history. Papers could include presentation of research findings or a discussion of methodological challenges in using mixed methods.

Please send your abstract (100-250 words) by 31 January 2014 to: a.dangelo@mdx.ac.uk

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