Social Network Analysis in Sociolegal Research
Miniseries in Empirical Research Methods
JSP Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley
Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society;
Planning, Policy & Design; and Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Social networks are a powerful theoretical and methodological approach that can provide new insights into sociolegal research. This workshop will provide an introduction to social networks. Network methodology is a very general approach that is not limited simply to the social ties among individuals, but rather can be thought of more abstractly as capturing any type of linkages (e.g. friendship ties, enmity ties, co-presence) between any type of units (e.g., persons, organizations, documents). A basic introduction will be provided to how networks are conceptualized. The methodological discussion will describe various measures that can be constructed for both ego-networks, as well as full sociometric networks. These measures can capture, among other thing, the position of individuals in the network, as well as the overall structure of the network.