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Personally, I am always discomforted by the dichotomy implied in phrases
such as "qualitative approach" or "qualitative methods."  You can't
study networks without counting nodes and ties. From the beginning
(nineteenth century) anthropologists and ethnographers counted people
and their relationships.
 
Here are a couple of "early" discussions of network studies in
anthropology.

Whitten, Norman E, and Alvin W. Wolfe  1974.	"Network Analysis," In
Handbook of Social and Cultural Anthropology, edited by John J.
Honigmann. Chicago: Rand-McNally. Pp. 717-746. 
http://luna.cas.usf.edu/~wolfe/Whitten-Wolfe1974.pdf

Wolfe, Alvin W. 1978	"The Rise of Network Thinking in Anthropology,"
Social Networks, 1(1978):53-64. 
http://luna.cas.usf.edu/~wolfe/Wolfe1978.pdf 

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Subject: any qualitative study of social network?


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Dear all,
   Does anyone know any research that has used a qualitative approach 
to elicite social networks of a population? If so, could you give me 
the citations?   Or is it possible or appropriate at all to study 
social networks using qualitative methods and a small sample (e.g. 
30-50)?   Thanks a lot!
Yang

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