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I would argue, yes, it sure is possible. NetLab has collected about 120 such
networks so far [86 from the Connected Lives project and 33 from Connected
Lives North]. Mind you they are not entirely qualitative, but the structure
that we impose helps keep the process under control.
The technique will be published in the May 2007 issue of Field Methods. A
pre-print copy is available at:
Note that the graphic in the paper is in fact one of the networks as
collected. Plus we also have a short section at the front pointing to others
who have used visual name generators in the field.
I would love to create a more qualitative network through the use of rich
interview material, but the process would be devastatingly tedious (see
Jeremy Boissevain's amazing work from the 70s).
I received a message from Bill.Richards at approximately 10/30/06 8:39 PM.
Above is my reply.
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> Kevin Sherman, a PhD Candidate in the Centre for Communication Research
> at the Auckland University of Technology wrote with a very interesting
> Is it possible to perform a social network analysis that is
> qualitative/ethnographic in nature? In other words, a network diagram
> that is created in cooperation with the participants of an ethnography
> in order to preserve and highlight above all else their own perceptions
> of their network?
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