Social Network Analysis in Sociolegal Research

Center for the Study of Law and Society
Miniseries in Empirical Research Methods

Friday, September 23, 2011, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Lunch to follow.
JSP Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

John Hipp
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.

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