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Conducting Personal Network Research: A Practical Guide
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Christopher McCarty (PhD, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville) Miranda Jessica Lubbers (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
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Conducting Personal Network Research: A Practical Guide

Christopher McCarty (PhD, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville) Miranda Jessica Lubbers (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain) Raffaele Vecca (Raffaele Vacca, PhD, Department of Sociology and Criminology and Law, University of Florida, Gainesville) Jose Luis Molina (PhD, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)


9781462538386

Guilford Publications


Sociology;
Psychological methodology;
Social, group or collective psychology;
Internet guides & online services


Paperback

270 pages

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Written at an introductory level, and featuring engaging case examples, this book reviews the theory and practice of personal and egocentric network research. This approach offers powerful tools for capturing the impact of overlapping, changing social relationships and contexts on individuals' attitudes and behavior. The authors provide solid guidance on the formulation of research questions; research design; data collection, including decisions about survey modes and sampling frames; the measurement of network composition and structure, including the use of name generators; and statistical modeling, from basic regression techniques to more advanced multilevel and dynamic models. Ethical issues in personal network research are addressed. User-friendly features include boxes on major published studies, end-of-chapter suggestions for further reading, and an appendix describing the main software programs used in the field.

By:   Christopher McCarty (PhD Chair of the Department of Anthropology University of Florida Gainesville), Miranda Jessica Lubbers (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain), Raffaele Vecca (Raffaele Vacca, PhD, Department of Sociology and Criminology and Law, University of Florida, Gainesville), Jose Luis Molina (PhD, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Imprint:   Guilford Publications
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm, 
Weight:   514g
ISBN:   9781462538386
ISBN 10:   146253838X
Series:   Methodology in the Social Sciences
Pages:   270
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Christopher McCarty, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Florida, where he is also Director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. He has done research on personal networks since the 1980s and is the developer of EgoNet, the first program for the collection and analysis of personal network data. Dr. McCarty has conducted studies of migration, disasters, substance abuse, homelessness, and racism. Along with his coauthors, he conducted the largest personal network study of migrants to date, using data from Spain and the United States. Miranda J. Lubbers, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, and Director of the Research Group on Fundamental and Oriented Anthropology. Dr. Lubbers has investigated personal networks in the area of migration and transnationalism, poverty and livelihood strategies, and social cohesion in Spain. Currently she directs two research projects using personal networks. She also co-organizes a biennial international summer school in Personal Network Analysis. Raffaele Vacca, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida. Dr. Vacca designed and conducted one of the first personal network surveys among international migrants in Italy. In the past few years he has taught courses and workshops on quantitative methods and statistical software for social network analysis at several international conferences and universities in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. His current interests focus on international migration, health disparities, social networks, and science and scientific collaboration. Jose Luis Molina, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. He is also president of the University's Research Ethics Committee. Dr. Molina is an economic anthropologist who studies the emergence of socioeconomic structures such as migrant enclaves and transnational fields. He is interested in mixed-methods approaches combining ethnography and personal network analysis, with a focus on Southeast Europe, and Romania in particular.


A sound, well-written, and authoritative guide on how to do (and interpret) personal network research. The book nicely links personal network analysis to broader methodological approaches. I really like the boxed research case examples. I recommend this book and will use it both in teaching and professionally. --Barry Wellman, PhD, Director, NetLab Network, Toronto, Canada

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