***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Thanks Sergio - it's good to know I'm not working in a vacuum. While I use very basic graph/network theory and thematic content analysis in my dissertation, I am also working on an NSF-funded project here at Maryland that is somewhat more sophisticated, focusing on the communication of precedent in the American legal system. In one approach, we look at citations to prior case law as our main empirical evidence, and the other, we are attempting to compare "forensic markers" (e.g., unique lexical patterns) across court decisions and court briefs. The latter approach probably comes closest to a true blending of network and content analytics, but we are still in the early stages of research, and have many lessons to learn. Regards, FWD >>> Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 13:10:43 -0700 Subject: Re: SNA and other methods? The other purpose for my question is for a paper I'm beginning on how SNA is utilized with other methods. Is SNA the primary method for the study? Is it a secondary one? Is it presented as a method of similar parity with the other(s)? Is there a trend combining SNA with growth in SNA itself? Ken Cousins Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda Department of Government and Politics 3114 P Tydings Hall University of Maryland, College Park T: (301) 405-6862 F: (301) 314-9690 [log in to unmask] www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/kcousins http://augmentation.blogspot.com "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." Albert Einstein _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.