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Dear SocNet List,
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Davide Torsello, I am a
Postdoc researcher in social anthropology, currently at the Collegium
Budapest, Institute for Advanced Studies.
I joined the list because of my interest in social networks, their
applicability to models of social change and their variations over time.
In the course of my career in anthropology I first did research in
Japan, in a small village in the northern part of the counrty, studying
how the life histories of each village family (they were mostly settlers
from the former Japanese colonies) and the social relations between
community member determined the social and economic development of the
The second research, part of my PhD program at the Max Planck Institute
for Soc. Anthropology in Halle was on postsocialist Eastern Europe
(Slovakia). The title of my book that appeared recently, fruit of this
research is "Trust, property and social change in a southern Slovakian
village". During this field research I tried to follow patterns of
social interaction and to draw (though never using SPSS or other data
analysis programs) maps of social networks based on the frequency of
encounters, kinship distance and the scale of trust level.
My interest in social networks is very much a
sociological-anthropological one. Although I am aware of some of the
work done in this field (like for instace that of Thomas Schweizer,
Yamagishi and Granovetter), I have never tried to apply statistical and
quantitative model seriously.
Presently I am working on a project focussing on cognitive aspects of
trust building processes in rapidly changing and instable
social/cultural contexts. Here too, I find the issue of networks
fundamental to delineate patterns of interaction as well as to shape
perception of whom to trust, mistrust etc.
I apologise for writing so much, I would be very thankful for any
suggestions on reading material, as well as on ongoing researche in this
field. I am also happy to answer any question about my work.
Institute for Advanced Studies
Szentháromság u. 2
H-1014 Budapest, HUNGARY
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