Topics in Quantitative Sociology
Fall 2020 ENSAE
The development of social network analysis (SNA), in which sociologists play a central role, provides a gateway to the identification of fundamental structural determinants of social behavior. To appreciate the power of SNA, we examine its contribution to the study of adolescent interactions.
Doreian, 2001, SMR, "Causality in social network analysis"
Emirbayer, 1997, AJS, "Manifesto for a relational sociology"
Pachucki & Breiger, 2010, ARS, "Cultural holes. Beyond relationality in social networks and culture"
Snijders, 2011, ARS, "Statistical models for social networks"
Case-studies for reading, presentation and commentary
Kossinets & Watts, 2009, AJS, “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network” [PRES]
Bearman, Moody & Stovel, 2004, AJS, “Chains of affection: The structure of adolescent romantic and sexual networks” [PRES]
Commentaries: 1, 2, 3, 4
Case-studies for written reviews
Centola & Macy, 2007, AJS, “Complex Contagions and the Weakness of Long Ties” [REV]
McFarland & al., 2014, ASR, “Network ecology and adolescent social structure” [REV]
Papachristos & al., 2013, ASR, “The corner and the crew. The influence of geography and social networks on gang violence” [REV]
Schaefer & Kreager, 2020, ASR, "New on the block: Analyzing network selection trajectories in a prison treatment program"