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Ken, Lawrence, et al.

In a totally unbiased way, I recommend two books for starting:

S.D. Berkowitz, _An Introduction to Structural Analysis_ (long out of
print, but major libraries should have it).

Barry Wellman & S.D. Berkowitz, _Social Structures: A Network Approach_.
Canadian Scholars Press, Toronto. (and widely available in libraries and
probably used).

Why these 2. They discuss SNA in a non-technical manner, and as a theory
and substantive approach. Only then would I go to the more technical
books, altho Wasserman & Faust do have a fair amount of theory and
substance admixed with the technical stuff.


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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 11:22:34 -0500
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Hi Ken,
As a first read, I'd recommend Knoke and Kuklinski, 1982. "Network
Analysis". Sage University Paper Series on Quantitative Applications
in the Social Sciences, No. 28.

For a thorough introduction, you should look at Wasserman and Faust, 1994.
"Social Network Analysis". Cambridge Univ. Press.

Hope this helps,


On Mon, 1 Dec 2003, Ken Cousins wrote:

> Snip, snip ...

> I would also appreciate suggestions as to ideal "first reads" -
> something akin to "Social Network Analysis for Dummies."  If such a
> thing exists, please forward the citation information.
> Thanks in advance for your help and advice.
> Regards,
> Ken Cousins

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